Man arrested after Silver Spring shooting in December | WDVM25 and DCW50
SILVER SPRING, Md. (WDVM) — A man has been arrested and charged in connection with a December shooting in Silver Spring, police said Wednesday.
John Tomlinson, 29, was arrested for a shooting that took place on Dec. 13, 2021. Police said they first responded to the area of Thayer Ave. and Mayor Lane around 2:14 a.m., where Tomlinson had seen an impaired driver hit his friend’s car which was parked on Mayor Lane.
Tomlinson’s friend began a “physical altercation” with the driver, and Tomlinson then ran down the street to retrieve a handgun from another car. After returning, he shot the driver several times, hitting the driver’s car, traffic signs and “at least five businesses on Bonifant Street”.
Police said no one was injured in the shooting.
Undercover detectives saw Tomlinson leaving the Society Restaurant & Lounge on January 31. They followed him, but he noticed it and tried to run away. Police found two firearms that were stolen from Loudoun County, Va., in the vehicle he was approaching.
Tomlinson was charged with attempted first degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with a felony conviction, a loaded handgun in a vehicle and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.