Evidence Search

News-Post file photo - Frederick Police Department cadets search for evidence in the area of Maryvale Park along West Patrick Street, the day after two high school students were shot on the Frederick High School campus.

Police determined the shots fired at two teens outside Frederick High School two weeks ago came from one weapon.

The weapon has not been recovered, said Lt. Clark Pennington, a spokesman for the Frederick Police Department.

Today marks two weeks since two boys, ages 15 and 14, were shot outside the school’s gymnasium during a boys junior basketball game between Frederick and Gov. Thomas Johnson high schools. One teen was shot in the back and the other in the leg.

Police believe the assailants are four male teens wearing dark clothes, but no suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made, Pennington said.

Detectives have interviewed more than 300 people regarding the Feb. 4 shooting, including the roughly 200 people inside Frederick High School at the time, according to Pennington.

“This is a significant investigation due to not only the number of individuals on scene, which was 200-plus people, but we’ve also been following up with victims and witnesses,” Pennington said.

The department has also been working with the two wounded teens, who police said knew the assailants, according to Sgt. Aaron Lapp, a spokesman for Frederick police. The teens were released last week from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after receiving treatment for their injuries, which were not considered life-threatening.

Officials said the two teens were Frederick County Public Schools students but did not specify which school they attend. Michael Doerrer, a spokesman for Frederick County Public Schools, said Tuesday that he did not know whether the teens had returned to school.

However, Frederick and Gov. Thomas Johnson high schools have made an effort to get back to normal, but school administrators and officials are in talks about school security and safety in the future.

“At this point, we haven’t made any specific decisions about what we might do differently moving forward,” Doerrer said.

As police continue to investigate, anyone with information about the shooting or footage of the Feb. 4 boys junior varsity basketball game is asked to call the Frederick Police Department at 301-600-2100.

“This does remain the priority of the Criminal Investigation Division, and detectives are continuously working on this case and have been working on this case,” Lapp said.

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Paige Jones covers business and biotech in Frederick County. She started at the paper in 2014 as a nighttime crime reporter before switching to business. A Kansas transplant in Maryland, she enjoys exploring the East Coast in her free time.

(11) comments

HappyMedium

So that means you have some free time to address the gangs that hang around in Hillcrest were two elementary schools will be located.

Who knows maybe you'll find the gun men you seek as well.

gdunn

It's perfectly legal to be in a gang extra ignored.

HappyMedium

Oh well the FPD forgot to mention the Hillcrest gang was like a Elks Club or a Rotary Club or a VFW Club. The article published in the FNP seems to imply they are involved in criminal activity.

Frederick police alone arrested three men in two separate incidents tied to MS-13 since November, including a break-in and vandalism Dec. 1 within a mile of Stoyke’s home.

KellyAlzan

LOL!

jwhamann

If there's no way to ID them and there's no evidence it's going to be very difficult solve. Cops would need the clothing they wore and the gun. Even if someone talked there'd be a lot of denying. It's going to be a difficult one....even for Lt. Joe Kenda.

KellyAlzan

We're talking a crime executed by teens. Not professional criminals.

The teens will be arrested.

The police know who did this. They're carefully building the case for reasons you stated, connecting the dots. I have 100% confidence in the FPD.

jwhamann

I didn't think they were paid assassins either.

KellyAlzan

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.

DickD

"The department has also been working with the two wounded teens, who police said knew the assailants, according to Sgt. Aaron Lapp, a spokesman for Frederick police." Okay, the teens knew the assailants, why haven't they been arrested?

Glen Shiel

On what charges?

HappyMedium

Littering. They left gun shells on the ground where the shots were fired.

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