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Brandon Earl Tyler, left, and Chandler Tristian Davenport, both of Frederick.

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.

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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.

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These two thugs are right where they belong. Four parents failed to do their job and as a result have raised a pair of future convicts. The lot of them are indeed a credit to their community.


Phydeaux994, a lot of guns end up in criminal hands through straw purchases. That is the practice of a person legally buying a gun, but they then in turn give it/sell it to someone who can not buy it for themselves. This practice is already a crime which proves that no matter how many laws there are there is no way of preventing someone from getting a gun. What we should focus on is actually enforcing the current laws and giving out appropriate punishment for criminals instead of doing plea deal after plea deal.


I know what a straw purchase is and if I am a dealer and if I sell a handgun to a 23 year old woman once a week you'd think the dealer would know that too.


Thanks to the NRA, anyone can get a gun, anyone!

Glen Shiel

You've said that before. Would you please explain here and now how the NRA helps convicted felons get firearms? You can't, and you know it. You simply like to show that you know nothing about the NRA.


The NRA wants no restrictions on who can buy a gun anonymously. If there are no records of who is responsible for possession of a particular gun there can be no knowledge of who has one or where they got it. In the last week it has been reported in the FNP that three kids, 19 and 20 years old , had possession of a handgun. Where do they get them Glen? If they are stealing them there are a lot of irresponsible gun owners out there who do not secure their guns. Every gun starts out legal, made in a factory. So somewhere along the line they become unaccounted for. How? How do crooks get them Glen?


Ban idiots, not guns.


I agree, O'Malleys gun laws are not effective because it's so easy to get guns in surrounding jurisdictions. We need a National Gun Registration with transfer of ownership regulations law and a National background check law to make an impact on guns getting into the hands of every wannabee gangster. If everyone had to answer to being the lawful owner of a gun and be held responsible for its possession then the easy sales of guns by crooked dealers and thieves would diminish. And the NRA is against that for no good reason except that they don't want the Government to know who owns guns. Would such laws stop gun crimes? No, but do murder laws stop murder or speeding laws stop speeding? Reasonable gun control is the only answer to cutting down on the slaughter by firearm we have in this Country. And the NRA will have none of such laws. So I will stick with my original statement.

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You don't have to be that smart to know what the NRA stands for, which is, "Everyone should carry a concealed weapon, that would make America a better place"


I agree with; "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."


5000 comments in what, a year?


On another incident - any new information about the man killed at the shopping center at discovery?

Glen Shiel

"...... her client has no history of failing to appear in court and no other pending cases." So what? He's facing major charges this time and he has a record of concealed dangerous weapons going back to 2011. Let him out on bail and he's sure to disappear. Be best to just throw away the key right now.


Absolutely right!

Glen Shiel

Thank you.

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