Accomplice Found Guilty in Rockville Metro Shooting

By Matthew Stabley
|  Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012  |  Updated 5:33 PM EDT
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A jury found a teenager guilty in connection with a May shooting at the Rockville Metro Station.

Tavares Harris, 17, of Rockville, was convicted of first-degree assault and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. Prosecutors said Harris provided the gun 17-year-old Kevin Nguyen used to allegedly shoot a 16-year-old boy and 19-year-old woman May 18.

The jury was hung on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted first-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

“Video, Twitter messages and corroboration by eyewitnesses were vital in the prosecution of this case,” Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said.

The 16-year-old was the apparent target of the shooting, police said. Prosecutors said Nguyen had heard the teen planned to rob him. The 16-year-old suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

A bullet also pierced the skirt and grazed the leg of the 19-year-old woman, an innocent bystander.

Harris faces up to 45 years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 12.

Nguyen is scheduled for a juvenile waiver hearing Monday, after which a trial date will be set.

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