Ballistics tests show that the gun used in the Frederick High School shooting earlier this year is linked to other reports of shots fired in Frederick, a prosecutor said Thursday.
Assistant State’s Attorney Brett Jackson didn’t elaborate on the other shootings during a bond review hearing for Brandon Earl Tyler, but said the information is contained in about 1,300 pages of evidence that has been turned over to the defense.
Tyler, 21, who is charged as the gunman in the Feb. 4 shooting, filed a motion for bond review, asking to be released from the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.
He has been held with no bond since his arrest on March 20.
Two teenagers were struck by bullets and others feared for their lives in the shooting, which took place just outside a nighttime junior varsity basketball game at the school, Jackson said.
Tyler’s attorney, Margaret Teahan, said her client has no history of failing to appear in court and no other pending cases. If released before a trial scheduled for November, Tyler, who previously listed a home address on Highview Terrace in Frederick, would live with his father in Germantown, work and attend all scheduled court hearings, she said.
“I think a bond is appropriate,” she told Judge Scott Lawrence Rolle, pointing out that Tyler’s co-defendant is not held without bond.
Chandler Tristan Davenport, 19, of Windermere Court in Frederick, faces identical charges and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail. He has also been held at the county jail since March 20.
According to documents filed by the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office, Tyler and Davenport drove to the basketball game together with at least one other person, who was not identified.
Davenport went into the school’s gym at Tyler’s request to see if any “Sagner [Lucas Village] members” were there, referencing a feud between groups in the Sagner and Carver apartment areas.
A bill of particulars refers to “members” but does not make specific reference to gang activity.
Davenport and members from the rival Sagner group stared at one another in the gym before the Sagner members left the game, the bill of particulars states.
Just outside the gym, Davenport hit one of the Sagner members as Tyler walked toward them and fired seven shots from a .380-caliber handgun at the group and others, according to the bill of particulars.
The bill states that the victims of the shooting — who were 14 and 15 years old at the time — were two of six Sagner members present at the game.
One of the boys was shot in the leg, and the other was shot in the back. They were flown to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment as the school was locked down.
Teahan said the fact that the two injured teenagers have been suspected of gang activity shouldn’t count against her client. She did not speak about whether Tyler is connected to a gang. At a previous bond review hearing, Davenport’s probation officer said he was a verified gang member.
In advocating for Tyler’s release, Teahan pointed out that the only person to identify Tyler as the shooter is Davenport, his co-defendant.
Rolle said one of a judge’s key considerations when deciding whether to grant bail is safety of the community.
“The facts of this case — as alleged — give the court serious concern,” he said.
Rolle ordered that Tyler remain held without bail.
Davenport is scheduled to appear in court next week.
A motion to suppress evidence in Tyler’s case is scheduled for October.