Park Shooting (copy)

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office investigators search for evidence after a 7-year-old boy was shot in the leg while playing basketball at Middletown Memorial Park on South Church Street Monday afternoon. 

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a shooting earlier this week that left a young boy injured.

On Friday, the sheriff’s office asked that anyone who heard gunshots Monday afternoon in Middletown to contact them. Detectives also asked witnesses to report any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area of Memorial Park at the time of the shooting. They were also looking for anyone with video surveillance in the area to come forward.

A 7-year-old boy was shot in the leg around noon Monday while he played basketball at Middletown Memorial Park. The boy was flown to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore for treatment.

He has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home, Lt. Andy Crone said in an email Friday night.

The sheriff’s office indicated early in the investigation that they did not believe the boy was targeted and that the shot did not appear to be taken at close range. That remained part of the ongoing investigation as of Friday.

Anyone who can assist in the investigation is asked to call Det. Moore at 301-600-3608 or email Tips may also be sent to, or callers may remain anonymous by calling the tip line at 301-600-4131.

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So few people read the FNP anymore. I hope they’re going beyond the FNP to get the word out.....


The shot was not close range? What makes them think that? What do they call close range? With all of the trees and buildings it couldn't be too far.


They might be basing that on the nature of the wound. From farther away the bullet would impact with less velocity and therefore less energy inflicting a lesser wound. I would imagine some impact tests on gel could develop an estimate of how far away the bullet was fired. Of course they type of cartridge would make a difference too. Assuming this was a 22 long rifle cartridge a bullet fired from a standard velocity cartridge would have less energy than one fired from a high velocity cartridge.

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