Frederick police believe potential witnesses may be holding back as they continue to investigate a shooting at an apartment complex more than two months ago that left a man dead and a woman seriously injured.
“While we did locate a few people in that complex who heard some shots, we didn’t really get a whole lot of people who stepped forward and provided interviews,” said Lt. Kirk Henneberry, commander of the city police department’s Criminal Investigations Division. “Looking back on the night, it was a beautiful day, fine weather. ... You’d figure there would be more people who would have been outside, maybe sitting on their porch, who would have heard the gunshots or reported something.”
Gregory Allen Bair Knight, a 30-year-old Frederick resident, was shot several times as he sat in the driver’s seat of a car parked in the Apartments at Sunset complex at about 9:30 p.m. June 27, according to stories published previously in The Frederick News-Post. Knight was pronounced dead at the scene after police, emergency medical personnel and medical examiners arrived.
A passenger in the car, identified only as a 27-year-old woman, was also shot, but survived. She received treatment at a trauma center, according to previous stories.
After sending out an initial press release June 28, the Frederick Police Department followed up with a second release on July 17 again asking for witnesses to come forward. The second release also broadened the area of interest to include not only the Apartments at Sunset in the 1000 block of Columbine Drive, but also the 700 through 1200 blocks of Fairview Avenue, East and West Ninth Street, the 700 through 1300 blocks of Motter Avenue, and West Seventh Street from the first block up through the 1500 block.
The third and most recent plea for witnesses and tips was issued Thursday evening after detectives reviewed the case file again, Henneberry said.
“We still believe there may be people out there who either witnessed it or who may have information that they might not have thought was very important or helpful, but we’d still like to hear from them,” the lieutenant said. “If you have knowledge of something that’s a pretty violent crime, it’s very important that you reach out and contact the police.”
Anyone who either witnessed the shooting or can otherwise provide more information to the police should call Detective Doug Ames at 240-674-6811. Tips can also be left anonymously by calling the department’s tip line at 301-600-8477 (TIPS), sent via text to 240-674-8477 (TIPS) or in an email to fpdcrimetip@frederickmd police.org.