A man who Frederick police believe was involved in a weekend shooting was denied bail in a court appearance Tuesday.
Police said Bryant Helon McMillan Jr., who turns 35 on Wednesday, is connected to the shooting, even though he has yet to face any charges directly related to the violence that left two women and two men injured.
As of Tuesday, McMillan, of the 8100 block of Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, was facing six charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and one count of resisting or interfering with his arrest, according to court records.
“There’s some more work to do to figure out if we’re going to charge him with assault because, at the time of his arrest, I’m not quite sure how to put it, he was not in a position to talk,” said Lt. Kirk Henneberry, commander of the Frederick Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, when reached for comment Tuesday. “So we decided to charge him with the handgun offenses and follow up later to see if we could learn anything more.”
McMillan was largely silent in his appearance Tuesday afternoon before District Judge Dino E. Flores Jr., allowing his private defense attorney, Jason Shoemaker, to represent him. Shoemaker contested his client’s no-bail status, arguing that, citing the lack of any direct connection to Saturday’s shooting, McMillan should either be released without bail or given low bail.
“The charges are not of an extraordinarily serious nature,” Shoemaker said.
Flores disagreed, siding immediately with the prosecution and citing both the proximity of the shooting and McMillan’s confirmed status as a convicted felon prohibited from possessing guns.
“The court feels these charges are incredibly serious,” Flores said, announcing his decision to hold McMillan without bail in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.
McMillan was taken into custody about an hour and 45 minutes after police responded to a shooting at 1:35 a.m. Saturday in the 600 block of North Market Street.
McMillan appeared to be asleep in the front driver’s seat of a blue Honda van that officers found and approached at about 2:35 a.m. Police saw the vehicle sitting with its lights on in the back parking lot of Whitesell Pharmacy, about three blocks south of where the shooting occurred, according to charging documents filed in Frederick County District Court.
McMillan appeared intoxicated when police confronted him, and officers quickly secured the right to search the vehicle after one of the officers said they saw “a small plastic bag located on the center console containing raw marijuana,” according to the documents.
When officers got him to step out of the van, McMillan appeared to have specks of dried blood on his shirt and smelled like PCP, a psychedelic and hallucinogenic illegal drug, according to the documents.
A search of the vehicle turned up a loaded 9 mm handgun in a black fanny pack found on the floor between the front right and rear right passenger’s seats, the documents state.
While McMillan remained the only person in custody in connection with the shooting as of Tuesday, detectives do not believe he was the only person involved. Witness accounts indicate there were at least two parties and likely “multiple individuals” who exchanged gunfire, Henneberry said.
In addition to interviewing witnesses, police identified several surveillance cameras in the immediate area that will be examined to determine if they caught any part of the exchange, Henneberry said.
Anyone with information relevant to the shooting is asked to contact Detective Matt Irons at 240-674-8942. Those who wish to remain anonymous are urged to call the department’s tip line at 301-600-8477 (TIPS), send a text to 240-674-8477 (TIPS) or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.