Two young men face charges after Frederick police say they shot at each other Wednesday at Heather Ridge School.
Alontae Jamera Cottingham, 16, of the 1600 block of Colonial Way, and Jordan Cordaire Dawson, 21, of the 1000 block of Dulaney Mill Drive, face first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and handgun charges after people arrived in the 1400 block of Taney Avenue. Cottingham is also charged with possessing a regulated firearm under age 21.
No one was injured.
Lt. Clark Pennington, spokesman for the Frederick Police Department, said the gunfire at about 6:45 p.m. was the result of an “ongoing conflict” between the two, but he did not elaborate. He said he was not aware of a particular reason for Cottingham or Dawson to be at the school, but he said he didn’t think there was anyone else there at the time the shots were fired.
Cottingham is being charged as an adult. Pennington said he did not know how Cottingham got the weapon.
Pennington said there was no known connection between Wednesday’s shots-fired incident and a shooting earlier this month also tied to an address in the 1600 block of Colonial Way. In that case, a 16-year-old was shot in the upper arm in a wooded area July 26 and taken to a home in the 1600 block of Colonial Way. The teenager in that case was not identified.
Police also arrested a youth on assault charges July 19 in the 1600 block of Colonial Way when they went there looking for someone who matched a suspect’s description.
During that arrest, a second juvenile became disorderly and was also charged. He was released to his mother, police said.
Police did not name those juveniles.
There was no response at either Cottingham’s or Dawson’s address Thursday.
Curt Bolton has lived in a town house on Colonial Way for about two years. He said he has seen “teenager stuff” but nothing that has made the neighborhood feel unsafe.
“Honestly, it seems like the typical stuff that happened when I was a kid,” Bolton said.
Cottingham and Dawson were being held Thursday at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on $750,000 bail each, according to electronic court records.
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