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Woman, Man Found Dead at Germantown Townhome Community

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Editor’s Note (Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 1:40 p.m. ET): Police identified the woman and man. Go here for updates. 

A woman and a man are dead after a shooting Monday morning at a townhome community in Germantown, Maryland, police say.

Residents of the Manchester Farm community called 911 after hearing gunshots in the 18900 block of Highstream Drive just after 9 a.m., according to police dispatch calls.

Montgomery County police officers found the woman, identified by relatives as Michelle Carter, and a man dead in a parking lot.

"She was a good person. She would do anything for anybody," one distraught woman on the scene said.

Friends of the woman killed told News4 she was a dedicated stay-at-home mom whose five children range in age from 10 to 32 years old.

Sources familiar with the case said the woman was walking along a sidewalk near the parking lot when a man in a grassy area nearby headed toward her. Four shots rang out.

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Friends and family members said Carter was being stalked by a man she had broken up with.

"This guy she was talking to, he was just here," the woman said. "She was breaking it off with him, and he didn’t take it really well."

Carter’s loved ones said police were called to the home last week because he wouldn’t leave the property.

Authorities did not immediately identify the victims or confirm if the man who died was the man Carter had complained about.

Officers taped off a large area outside as detectives worked the scene.

Some neighbors were on edge after the shooting.

"It's disheartening. You know, you don't want to see anything like that happen to your neighborhood. I feel sorry for the families that are impacted by this, where their lives are now changed. It's very emotional," neighbor Latasha Brown said.

"I've been around here for over 25 years. Nothing like this has happened in a long time — in a very long time," another woman said.

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