On the morning of July 29, 2021, officers, detectives and members of the Emergency Response Team from the Laurel Police Department arrested 21-year-old, Francisco Giovanni Garcia, of Laurel, in connection with a shooting that took place on July 18, 2021. A handgun was recovered from Garcia during the arrest and further evidence was recovered during the service of a search warrant at his residence.
On the morning of the shooting officers responded to the 800 block of Lafayette Avenue for reported gunfire coming from the passenger side window of a moving vehicle. Officers located shell casings and other forensic evidence at the crime scene. After canvassing the area, officers located a vehicle that matched the description provided by community members who witnessed the crime. Additional evidence was recovered from the vehicle. Numerous investigative steps led detectives to identify Garcia as the shooter.
Chief Hamill said, “[t]hrough the dedicated efforts of the officers and detectives who diligently worked this case we have avoided a potential tragedy within Laurel. The reckless actions of the defendant placed everyone in the community in danger and I thank each of the officers for their commitment to the people we serve and for their tireless efforts on this case.“
This is an ongoing investigation, and we strongly encourage anyone with any information, or who may have witnessed any of these events, to please contact the Laurel Police Department at 301-498-0092, also anonymous tips can be sent to [email protected].
Media Inquiries: Please contact Laura Guenin, Public Relations, Laurel Police Department at 240-278-0758 or email [email protected].