After weeks of silence, Frederick police announced the arrests of two men in connection with a shooting that left two students injured last month outside Frederick High School.

Brandon Earl Tyler, 21, and Chandler Tristan Davenport, 19, both of Frederick, were tied to the Feb. 4 shooting that took place during a junior varsity basketball game between Frederick and Gov. Thomas Johnson high schools, acting Police Chief Patrick Grossman said at a press conference held by police Wednesday morning to announce the arrests.

Tyler was held without bail while Davenport was ordered held on $2 million bail in a hearing Wednesday afternoon before Frederick County Circuit Judge Julie Stevenson Solt.

Police reiterated their initial belief that the two students wounded in the shooting were targeted by their attackers. Davenport lured the students outside where Tyler was waiting to shoot them, said Lt. Clark Pennington, a Frederick Police Department spokesman.

On Friday, both men were charged via a sealed grand jury indictment with four counts of first-degree assault, one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, four counts of use of a handgun in the commission of a felony and four counts of reckless endangerment.

The men were taken into custody Tuesday.

The charges are related to the students who were struck and a school employee and another bystander who were in the direct line of fire and had to hide to avoid being struck, according to police.

The shooting was reported just outside the Frederick High School gymnasium at 8:11 p.m. Feb. 4, according to police reports. Police confirmed two students were wounded, but no names were released and the department remained tight-lipped regarding updates over the following weeks.

The first of the two injured students was released from the hospital within days of the shooting and Frederick High students returned to classes Feb. 6, wearing school colors and touting #FHSStrong on Twitter and social media accounts to show their support.

The second student was released a few days after the first, according to representatives from Johns Hopkins Hospital.

More than 200 people were interviewed by police at the scene of the shooting, and countless tips called in during the ensuing weeks were investigated by detectives, police said.

Although Pennington declined to comment on the cooperation police received from the students or specific details regarding their relationship to their attackers, prosecutor Lindell K. Angel said the shootings were gang-related during Tyler’s and Davenport’s bail review hearings.

“There is a real concern for public safety” and possible continuing violence in the community if Tyler and Davenport are released, Angel said.

She said police recovered seven .380-caliber shell casings in the area of the shooting.

“It’s astonishing that there were no other persons hurt,” she said.

Probation agent Jeremy Beck called Davenport “a verified gang member” who was on a heightened form of probation called the Violence Prevention Initiative for a prior second-degree assault case in which he fractured someone’s jaw with a beer bottle.

Beck also said that Davenport told the probation office last week that he planned to fly to Texas, but his request to travel was denied.

“He had a plane ticket to Dallas, Texas. Our office believes that he was planning on leaving and not coming back,” Beck said.

Assistant Public Defender Sean Mukherjee represented both men at the bail review hearings. He asked that they be released, noting that he had seen no physical evidence connecting either of them to the crime.

Mukherjee said that his client was not hiding plans to travel and the probation office knew about the plane ticket only because of Davenport’s honesty.

Tyler has no prior adult cases in the court system, but had one juvenile commitment for a second-degree assault case, Angel said.

Several public officials, including Frederick Mayor Randy McClement, attended Wednesday’s police press conference and addressed the topic of gangs after the charges were announced.

“We know that there are gangs out there. We have expertise in the field in our police department that on a daily basis monitor and watch gangs. We have not been shy about it,” McClement said. “We just are fairly fortunate so far, I think, in that the gangs here haven’t gotten to this level yet.”

County Executive Jan Gardner also applauded the police department’s efforts to crack down on gangs and crime in general. Gardner called out the work of school resource officers to keep tabs on students and larger societal issues in the school system.

“Certainly the issues that exist in our society do creep in to our schools and we have to address them in society, but I think our police sent a very strong message. If you’re involved in criminal activity, it’s their intent to arrest and prosecute,” Gardner said.

Pennington did not comment directly on whether any other people were believed to be involved in the shooting, saying only that the investigation remained open as of Wednesday. Anyone with further information is asked to contact police at 301-600-8477.

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Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

Danielle E. Gaines covers politics and government in Frederick County, splitting her time between Winchester Hall and The State House. Having grown up in Illinois, she lived in New York and California before settling in Maryland.

(33) comments

FrederickVeteran

Conservative republican gun enthusiasts.

jwhamann

Who needs to buy drugs from these gangs? Just bring your mom's pills...

FrederickVeteran

[wink]

FrederickVeteran

Public schools are inherently dangerous due to decaying social morality and if your that concerned with your adolescence out your money where your mouth is and invest in their education by sending them to private school. [wink]

phydeaux994

If you believe that the behavior of teens in private schools is significantly different from those in public schools, you are delusional. They just have nicer cars.

DickD

I thought FNP initially said there were three, not two. If there are gangs and I am sure the police are right, what can be done to break them up? I am also surprised at the ages, were Davenport and Tyler still students? Most graduate by age 18. The gang part bothers me the most, I wouldn't want my child going to school there.

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HappyMedium

Actions speak louder than words.

You replied didn't you.

HappyMedium

Frederick County Detention Center do you really want to list the names of all your staff in your annual report. Seriously look at the news headlines people.

Race of Prisoners between 2009 and 2013
White less than 50%
Black less than 30%
Hispanic less than 20%

We should be seeing a similar distribution by race in news releases.

HappyMedium

One pale face and raise with two beautiful people.

I thought there were four assailants at the high school.

Did the injured students have a criminal relationship with the attackers.

While police do believe the two injured students knew Tyler and Davenport, Pennington declined to comment on the cooperation police received from the students or specific details regarding their relationship with their attackers.

phydeaux994

"Pennington was not able to comment directly on whether any additional suspects were believed involved in the shooting, saying only that the investigation remained open and ongoing as of Wednesday."

HappyMedium

We will never know if the students are charged with anything because that will be in juvenile court.

brionyforeman

I was there that night my son is a tj bball player , that was on the court. My mother, husband, daughter, son that plays , and my 3 year old we're all affected by the fear it caused . Very happy to see arrests made ;)

jwhamann

They'll change their lives around in a year or so.

KellyAlzan

See, I was the one that pointed out that the police were not begging for information. They had it all under control. Good job FPD.

Now wait till we find out that county attorney Mathais is in on the WillIams firing :)

phydeaux994

[thumbup]

DeDeuceCoupe32

KA pointed these two out of a lineup?

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HappyMedium

Kelly makes me laugh. So do you Sanker.

Glen Shiel

Not bad. Only 4.5 weeks after the date Kelly declared arrests would be made by. [lol]

phydeaux994

Always criticizing something. Kelly was right, they knew who it was all along. Just getting their ducks in a row.

Glen Shiel

KellyAlzan posted at 7:04 am on Wed, Feb 18, 2015.
KellyAlzanPosts: 1847
It was stated last week in an article that the victims know their attackers. Mark my words, make no mistake - arrests will happen this week.

Today's article: "The men were taken into custody Tuesday night."

Kelly was wrong, plain and simple.

phydeaux994

I concede that Kelly was wrong about the timing of the arrests. Feel better?

HappyMedium

Did they wait for an indictment from the Grand Jury because their evidence is weak.

HappyMedium

Were the accused granted the privilege to testify before the grand jury.

DickD

What evidence? The article said there were 7 shell casings, do they have the gun? There were two other people that had to get out of the line of fire, can they indentify the attackers?

DickD

I was beginning to wonder if the arrests were ever going to be made.

KellyAlzan

I had NO doubts that arrests were coming. none. For the fact that the police were not begging for information. No reward was offered. That indicated that the police had it all under control.

bikerjohn

Now there will be many more questions.

In the early articles, it was stated that the victims knew their assailants.
What is the connection here and what was the motive.
Just maybe the victims are not just victims.

Great job by the Frederick City Police, Frederick County Sherriff's Dept. and all other agencies involved. I am sure more info will be released as the investigation continues.

RaeD8s

Anyone arrested should be required to look straight into the camera.

richardlyons

Thank you Frederick Police Department. Well done.

dcg326

text good for p[olice

bjonesskins69

2 down, 2 more to go?

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