GAITHERSBURG, Md. – Montgomery County Police Chief Manger and Major Crimes Division Detectives announce the arrests of the persons developed as responsible for the double homicide of the two Northwest High School students, 17-year-old Shadi Adi Najjar and 18-year-old Artem S. Ziberov that occurred on June 5 in Montgomery Village.
The double murder of two Germantown teenagers the night before their graduation was not a random shooting, authorities disclosed Friday morning.
Montgomery County police said they believed 18-year-old Artem Ziberov and 17-year-old Shadi Najjar knew the suspects who shot them in the 8200 block of Gallery Court in Montgomery Village the evening of June 5.
Investigators said 30 shell casings were found at the scene, including multiple caliber shells, leading police to believe there were multiple guns and shooters.
Both Ziberov and Najjar were found inside a Honda Civic. One of the victims was shot 10 times and the other was shot four times, according to officials.
A source familiar with the investigation said one of the boys had cash in his hand. On Friday, Najjar’s father said police told him Ziberov had $20.
“I did not see it,” said Adi Najjar. “Not to my knowledge. I was not there. But my son, no, he did not have cash in his wallet.”
Police confirmed they did find tickets to the graduation for Northwest High School in the car the victims were found murdered in. Both families have said the boys were heading out that night to sell their extra tickets. Najjar and Ziberov were set to graduate from Northwest High School the following day.
A source familiar with the investigation also said someone looking for a debt to be paid showed up at one of the teenager’s homes in the weeks before the…