On Oct. 24, 2022, at approximately 4:26 pm, The Frederick Police Department received numerous calls for a shooting that was said to have occurred at the intersection of Thomas Johnson Drive and Christophers Crossing. Initial reports indicated one person had been injured. But upon arrival, patrol officers and detectives learned that no one had been struck by the gunfire.
Investigators received a description of the suspect from witnesses and as officers were canvassing the area, they located a possible suspect near Monocacy Middle School on Opossumtown Pike. The suspect attempted to flee but officers quickly detained him. Based on witness interviews and video evidence, detectives confirmed the suspect who was detained, was responsible for firing the gun at the intersection. The suspect is a 16-year-old male and, per state law, is not being identified at this time.
Detectives canvassed the area and recovered a handgun the suspect had discarded, as well as fired a cartridge casing. Detectives learned the recovered handgun had been reported stolen. Based upon interviews, detectives believe an altercation occurred between two groups of juveniles and the suspect fired a shot into the air.
Per Maryland Law, the juvenile was charged as an adult with possession of a stolen firearm, reckless endangerment, illegal wear/carry/transportation of a handgun and being a minor in possession of a regulated firearm. The juvenile was released to the custody of his parent and a Criminal Summons was issued for him to appear in court.