Update: Gunman Dead; Found In Rockville Home

Montgomery County Police are reporting that Joseph Phillip Gilberti is dead.

The manhunt is over.

Montgomery County Police reported that Joseph Phillip Gilberti was found dead inside a home on the 800 block of Fordham Street in Rockville around 10:30 p.m.

Gilberti, 51, spent the day fleeing from police after he shot his soon-to-be ex-wife in his minivan and threw her out onto Connecticut Avenue in Kensington shortly after 9:30 a.m.

The victim was later identified as Heather Lynn McGuire, a 36-year-old mother of six from Rockville. McGuire and Gilberti were in the midst of getting a divorce.

Police reported to the scene of the Rockville home nearly 12 hours after the initial shooting when they received a tip about Gilberti's presence in the home. When they finally entered the home, they found Gilberti dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

To see how this story unfolded, read our updates below. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates as we see them.

Update, 10:50 p.m.: Montgomery County Police are reporting that Gilberti is dead, after barricading himself in a Rockville home.

said Gilberti had a "signficant" criminal history. "I’m just glad we were able to resolve this case without further loss of life," Manger said.

Stay tuned to Patch for updates.

Update, 9:58 p.m. Patch Editor Sebastian Montes, on scene at the 1700 block of Yale Place near , reports there are approximately 100 emergency personnel on scene. Police have staged a mobile command center on school grounds.

Authorities still have not indicated which address near the school the SWAT team is targeting.

Update, 9:39 p.m. A Montgomery County Police spokeswoman said residents returning home near in Rockville are not able to do so at this time. Certain streets near the school are on lock-down as a SWAT team has mobilized in the area.

Residents already at home have not been evacuated, the police spokeswoman said.

Updated, 9:27 p.m.: , after they received a lead related to the fatal shooting in Kensington.

A SWAT team gathering at .

Update, 8:30 p.m.: Police have identified the victim from Tuesday morning's fatal shooting as Heather Lynn McGuire, a 36-year-old mother of three from Rockville and wife of the suspected shooter.

McGuire was in the middle of divorce proceedings from her estranged husband, who police believe to be the gunman.

Montgomery County Police Department have issued an arrest warrant for 51-year-old Joseph Phillip Gilberti who they are charging with first-degree murder. Police warn residents not to approach him if they spot him because he may be armed.

Gilberti was last seen fleeing from the scene of the shooting at Connecticut and Knowles avenues. Gilberti is 6 feet tall, about 250 pounds and was last seen wearing a red shirt, dark colored jeans, dark boots and carrying a dark duffle bag. NBCWashington is reporting he has black hair, blue eyes and a scorpion tattoo on his neck. 

Police were called to the scene of the shooting at about 9:39 a.m., where they found a female victim dead from a gunshot wound to the back of her head. Police report she was pushed out of the vehicle after she was shot. Initially reports released by police and other media stated the victim was transported to a local hopital and was critically injured.

Witnesses reported seeing a man fleeing from the scene in a gray or green minivan with MD Tag 47360M6. Witnesses also reported a variety of sequences to police.

Earlier, police searched an Aspen Hill home for clues as they believe Gilberti frequented the property.

A former professional boxer, Gilberti has a history of violence in Nevada, according to ABC7.

Court records show Gilberti was charged with attempted murder and battery. He served 10 years in prison in Las Vegas. He also had several protective orders served against him, the latest from Nov. 14, 2011 that was for a full year.

According to WTOP, Gilberti was arrested Saturday for breaking the protective order and released Monday.

Police are asking that anyone with information on Gilberti call 911.

Update, 1:46 p.m.: Montgomery County Police confirmed the female victim shot Tuesday morning in Kensington was killed, according to WUSA9.

Police are still searching for the suspect, who they believe fled from the scene in a gray or green colored minivan— MD Tag 47360M6.

Update, 11:42 a.m.: Montgomery County Police are searching a home on the 4600 block of Hallet Place in Aspen Hill, which they believe could have information about the people involved in the shooting, a police spokeswoman said.

They cannot confirm whether the home is that of the suspect or the victim.

Update, 11:24 a.m.: Police are searching for the gunman involved in a shooting that left one woman critically injured.

Police believe the suspect is wearing a red shirt and driving a green Dodge Minivan with MD Tag 47360M6, according to ABC7, although a number of sequences were reported by witnesses.

ABC7 reported that the woman was shot as she tried to leave the vehicle during an argument.

Original Post, 10:16 a.m.: One person is facing life-threatening injuries this morning after being shot while in the area of Connecticut and Knowles avenues, according to Montgomery County Police.

Police got multiple calls about the shooting that happened around 9:39 a.m. and are still on the scene.

Callers said the victim was lying in the roadway, according to Montgomery County Police Officer Rebecca Innocenti. That victim was transported to a nearby hospital.

The northbound and southbound lanes of Connecticut Avenue are closed at Knowles Road due to the investigation, according to Alert Montgomery.

Patch will update the story when more information becomes available.

Krista Brick and Sebastian Montes contributed to this report.

Editor's Note: In a previous version of this post we misidentified the number of children Heather L. McGuire had. We apologize for our error.

Mark Taylor March 14, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Thus guy is a animal. I have seen him often buying parts from my job. He is huge and I always thought he was crazy. I was shocked when I saw this on the news. He has multiple charges and allow hin to be on the streets.
D N March 14, 2012 at 12:52 AM
And to say the system failed is a huge understatement. We (her neighbors) have called the police hundreds of times over the past several years because of what was going on over at that house. Again - I understand that she is the one tha died - but she was seriously hooked on drugs for years. Her kids are truly the ones that have paid the price, and will continue to. I hope this ends tonight with no one else getting hurt, other than Phil.
Michelle Smith March 14, 2012 at 01:37 AM
CPS did take her kids away a few months ago.
Michelle Smith March 14, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Why aren't they using the name we all know him by??
Deidra Smith March 14, 2012 at 01:49 AM
D N March 14, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Her last two kids were taken away permanently. The older 3 have still been living with her. They were taken away for a short while - but returned not long after they were taken away. She was so hooked on drugs, most of the time I don't think she realized she even had kids.
D N March 14, 2012 at 01:52 AM
What is the name?
Lisa March 14, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Apparently he's barricaded himself somewhere near College Gardens Elementary School right now and SWAT is there. Hope they get this crazy guy off the streets! He used to work out at my gym. People feared him.
Michelle Smith March 14, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Phil Holcomb
Michelle Smith March 14, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I just can't believe the judge let him out of jail yesterday after being arrested twice in the last 3 days for violating the restraining order! I hope some heads roll in the county court system tomorrow!!
Jeremy March 14, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Let's hope michelle
Sonia Dasgupta (Editor) March 14, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Hey all- I know you're upset after this day's events, but please don't promote violence or curse in the comments section. If you need to refer to our terms of use please do at http://www.patch.com/terms.
Sonia Dasgupta (Editor) March 14, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Would you be willing to talk to us? Shoot me an e-mail with your number at sonia@patch.com
Sonia Dasgupta (Editor) March 14, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Would you be willing to talk to us? Shoot me an e-mail with your number at sonia@patch.com
D N March 14, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Sonia - sorry, i meant no disrespect.
ed wood March 14, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Jeremy March 14, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Does this guy have one or two names? I'm confused.
ed wood March 14, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Jeremy, If you grew up in kensington you were terrified of him and knew him as phil holcomb. you knew that he went to jail on the west coast for nearly killing some one. you just grew up and did not know he was back. nobody that knew him growing up is shocked
Sonia Dasgupta (Editor) March 14, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Looks like many of you know him. If not you, do you know someone who would be willing to talk to us? His employer, neighbors, etc. We'll be following this story tomorrow, but if you have any leads send them our way at sonia@patch.com. Thanks!
Sonia Dasgupta (Editor) March 14, 2012 at 02:32 AM
no problem. I know it can be frustrating having this happen in your neighborhood. Just want to keep it clean!
Darin Bartram March 14, 2012 at 02:36 AM
This is a sweet-spot for Patch news. Micro reporting, almost in real-time. Thanks!
Sonia Dasgupta (Editor) March 14, 2012 at 02:40 AM
If you follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook you'll get what we're aggregating from elsewhere too. www.facebook.com/KensingtonPatch and www.twitter.com/KensingtonPatch
Larry March 14, 2012 at 02:41 AM
And if you're still in Kensington and know him you know that he deals drugs and is on steriods. Which is why he is so crazy,
Lauren Rissmiller March 14, 2012 at 02:54 AM
News 5 just showed police chief - suspect was found dead in a home In Rockville. Apparently self inflicted gunshot wound.
CAK March 14, 2012 at 02:59 AM
I don't think you will find anyone who knew him willing to talk with the press.
D N March 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I don't know him from growing up - but I do know him from living a couple doors down from the deceased victim and her family for the past 5-6 years. The picture they've painted of them on the news is quite inaccurate. I'm sure a lot more will come out as they begin to interview friends and neighbors. Again I feel bad that she was murdered - but she certainly wasn't an innocent bystander in all of this. She may have filed restraining orders against him, but a few days later she would sneak him right back into the house. Again I feel bad saying this - but she knowingly put her kids in harms way everyday for the past 6 years by doing drugs in that house, dealing drugs out of that house and bringing that psychopath over there day after day. I'm really hoping someone from his past will step forward and talk about his younger years. I'm very curious to hear how someone can turn into a monster like this.
Lee March 14, 2012 at 01:42 PM
For what it's worth, I just found his boxing record, going under the name "Phil Gilberti" AKA "The Italian Stallion" http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=38590&cat=boxer
Brigitta Mullican March 14, 2012 at 02:23 PM
This is a sad story. So glad we won't be dealing with a trial now. At least we know that the killer is not running around. The kids will now have a better chance in life.
H March 16, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Those of you wondering why they weren't referring to him by the name Phil Holcomb, it's because he legally changed his name back in '83 to Gilberti. That info is accessible from the Maryland case search database that a previous poster has already made reference to.
Kacy March 16, 2012 at 05:10 PM
From being led on and taken advantage of for years. By watching your kids get taken from you because your wife is a drug addict. By getting assaulted over and over again by that very same wife. And by getting naked pictures of your wife sent to you after you were just with her. Everyone has a breaking point.


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