FREDERICK,Md. - A young woman from Montgomery County has died and another person injured, after a teen opened fire at an after-prom party in Frederick.
Genesis McCarter-Beretto, 18, was found by police after they say 17-year-old Ean Davis-Lattimore opened fire just before 2 a.m. Sunday at the front door of the home at the 1800 block of Weybridge Road, near Greenleaf Park.
Police say word of the party spread on social media and many others showed up who did not attend prom that night.
Investigators say dozens of teens were at the house when an argument broke out. They say it spilled into the driveway and at that point, Davis-Lattimore, who was allegedly outside, shot back towards the front door.
Police say they found the McCarter-Berretto with a gunshot wound in her upper body. Police and EMS worked to save her, but the young woman died from her injuries. Investigators say a 13-year-old was also shot, but did not have serious injuries.
Police don't believe McCarter-Berretto as the intended target.
"She ran in the house and the guy that was getting shot at yanked her up and basically held her in front of him to save himself, and she got shot in the neck. They were shooting at the door and the windows," says McCarter-Berretto's cousin, Alondra Rodriquez.
"There was alcohol found at the scene, but it doesn't appear to be involved in the actual incident itself. The homeowner was there at the time of the party however …he knew there were going to be people over, but not to the magnitude that it occurred," said Sgt. Andrew Alcorn with Frederick Police.
McCarter-Berretto's sister, Stephanie Ramirez said that the young woman was "known for making everyone laugh and smile, warming everyone's hearts and being unconditionally loyal to all her friends."
Police don't think the incident is gang-related and they believe Davis-Lattimore was the only shooter and fired six to eight shots. Meanwhile, the victim's family is heartbroken and say the young woman was at the wrong place at the wrong time…
"She was like the life of the party. She was always so happy, laughing. Making everyone around her laugh. She will never be forgotten. There was nobody like her, but shes in a better place now at least she doesn't have to deal with this cruel world," said Rodriquez.
A candlelight vigil for McCarter-Berretto is planned for Tuesday night near her home in Germantown.
Davis Lattimore's preliminary hearing is scheduled for later this month.
Anyone with information that could aid detectives in their investigation is urged to call 240-409-0280.