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By Michelle Malkin  •  November 13, 2008 06:17 AM

Another senseless, 100 percent preventable murder by the nation’s most notorious illegal alien gang:

Police say the man responsible for killing a Montgomery Blair High School honors student in an unprovoked shooting on a crowded bus is not only a member of a notorious street gang, but an illegal alien as well.

On Monday, Montgomery County police said they arrested a 20-year-old man and obtained warrants for two other suspects in connection with the murder of 14-year-old Tai Lam on Nov. 1.

Police arrested Hector Mauricio Hernandez, of Takoma Park, on Friday, Nov. 7 and charged him with first-degree murder, after he allegedly shot a handgun into a crowded bus after exiting, striking and killing Lam, 14, and injuring two other teenagers.

Hernandez, along with three to four other individuals, reportedly got into a verbal altercation with a large group of teenagers, before leaving the bus, according to police.

Cao Lam, Tai’s 16-year-old brother, was on the bus at the time of the shooting and says there was no dispute and that the gunman was unprovoked. “It was like he was ready to shoot anybody,” Cao said.

The three teens were transported to area hospitals where Lam eventually died from his injuries. The other two victims have been released and are expected to fully recover, police said.

Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger said Hernandez is an illegal immigrant and a member of Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, an international gang from Central America that has a very strong presence in the D.C. region.

“As far as the activities and membership of MS-13, it is one of the most prolific gangs in the area,” said Captain Don Johnson, commander of District 3, where the murder occurred.

Police, along with several county officials, including County Executive Isiah Leggett and Councilmember Valerie Ervin, held a community meeting Monday, and discussed how to prevent these crimes from happening.

How about enforcing immigration laws?

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