Police: Murder of 2 Montgomery Co. HS students not believed to be random; 30 shots fired

18-year-old Artem S. Ziberov (left) and 17-year-old Shadi Adi Najjar (right) were killed in a shooting Monday night in Montgomery County. (Photos, courtesy of the families)

The double-homicide of two Montgomery County high school students in early June is not believed to have been a random act, Captain Darren Francke, Director of Major Crimes for the Montgomery County Police Department said in a press conference Friday.

Francke also said that one of the victims was shot ten times in the murder while the other victim was shot four times.

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The two teens, 17-year-old Shadi Najjar and 18-year-old Artem S. Ziberov, were found shot to death inside a vehicle in Montgomery Village the day before they were set to graduate from Northwest High School in Germantown, Maryland, where both teens were honor roll students. Shadi was preparing to enroll in classes at Montgomery College to study computer science or medicine and Artem was planning to attend the University of Maryland to study International Business.

More than 30 shots from multi-caliber guns were found at the scene, according to police.

The boys had reportedly told their parents they were going out that night to try and sell a few extra graduation tickets.

Investigators say they have no idea why the teens were in Montgomery Village on June 5 and neighbors say they had never seen them or the Honda they were found shot to death inside before that evening.

Authorities say they believe there was a connection between the teens and the suspects although the connection and motive remain under investigation.

Police also confirmed they believe there is more than one suspect and ask for the public's help locating them. Anyone with information is asked to contact (240) 773-5070.

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