Police are investigating the death of an 18-year-old who was shot at his home in the Burtonsville area of Montgomery County, Maryland.
Around 3:43 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, authorities received a call about a shooting in Angelton Terrace’s 14100 block. Responding officers found Damion Callery Jr., dead in his home, WUSA 9 reported.
“He’s my junior. I named him after me, and now he’s gone,” his father, Damion Callery, said.
Callery Jr. encountered one or more armed suspects in his backyard and was shot, authorities said.
His father said that his son had a basement bedroom with a door that opened to the outside. He believes the shooting occurred in that area.
“I can’t believe that this kind of stuff is going on and that the kids are hurting each other. I just don’t understand,” he said. “Damion never hurt anyone. He’s a good kid, made good grades, was going to school this week on the 23, Bowie University, and he was on the right path, and someone stopped all that.”
He said his son had graduated from Paint Branch High School earlier this year and planned to study business and marketing at Bowie State.
“He had plans of buying stocks, working in the stock market. He had a lot of hopes and aspirations and dreams. I’m at a loss for words,” Callery said.
“We’re just baffled right now that this happened,” Damion Callery Jr.’s uncle, Devin Hawkins, said. “And, really collectively as a family, as a community, we’re standing here today to let everyone know that this violence must stop and we must all come together as one and keep pushing forward to the future.”
Now that Callery’s son doesn’t get the opportunity to have a future, he plans to make sure he gets him justice.
“I want these people locked up. I want them off the streets. They deserve to be punished for what they did to my baby,” he said.
Police have not identified a motive for the shooting. At this time, no suspect information has been released.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 240-773-5070. Tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect(s). Tipsters may remain anonymous.