Frederick police arrested three teens Friday in connection to two reports of shots fired — in which one person was wounded — in Frederick on Thursday evening, the department announced.

Robert Antoine Shirley, 19, Kion B. Parker, 16, and Curtis Byon Smith, 17, all of Frederick, are all charged as adults with first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, according to a department press release.

The Frederick Police Department received reports Thursday evening of a gun being discharged in the 1400 block of Taney Avenue. Responding officers located a second scene where shots had been fired at the south end of the Frederick Shopping Center at 1305 W. Seventh St.

Bullets struck several vehicles, the release said. After several witnesses described a car that drove off before police arrived, officers found the car near Ballenger Creek Pike. After a check of the car’s registration revealed the car had been reported stolen, police saw several young men near the car.

Shirley, the eldest of the three arrested, ran from officers but was caught after a foot chase, according to the release.

Evidence recovered from Shirley, as well as witness accounts, linked him to the stolen car, the release said.

About an hour after the initial call, someone at Frederick Memorial Hospital called the Frederick Police Department to report that a teen had arrived at the emergency department with a gunshot wound to his lower leg. Detectives went the hospital to investigate how he had been shot. They determined that the teen had been shot near Taney Avenue and West Seventh Street.

Shirley, Parker and Smith are at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center awaiting a bail hearing, the release said. Detectives believe several others are directly involved in the shooting. Detectives will continue to investigate and determine if there is sufficient evidence to identify and charge other suspects, the release said.

The Frederick Police Department is asking anyone with information about the cases to contact Detective Matt Irons at 240-674-8942. Those who wish to remain anonymous can reach the department by voice mail at 301-600-TIPS (8477), text message at 240-674-TIPS (8477), or by email at

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dancing donna

The "justice" system is overtaxed with too many cases and problems. If justice were swift instead of lenient, then the system would be less overloaded. Prisons would not be overcrowded and criminals would not be released early on the streets with the non-criminal, public. In realty, these people become well known to local authorities and become repeat offenders. We need tougher laws to stop repeat offenses so that we can feel safe again in our own neighborhoods and not be concerned about our kids being shot. Yes, FPD did a good job, but now what? They will all be released in a short time.

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Yeah, your "handle" says all we need to know about you. How appropriate.


Nicely done, now send them off to the big house


kind of hard to run away when your pants are hanging off.


Like all fashion “fads” Reader, I think that one is about gone.


Great Job officers !! Now the Justice system needs to do their part.


Frederick city PD always on top of their game!


Great work FPD!!


This is just terrible. Where did they get this gun? Where are their parents?


Although the source of the guns in this case has not been made public, look no further than the gun store break-in last week in Rockville by one adult (21yrs) and several teens, one who was fatally shot. And this wasn't their first rodeo. Ten firearms were not recovered and therefore could be available for purchase illegally. No gun-control laws will prevent illegal trafficking of guns. Yes, there are some reckless legal firearm owners. But most value their right to have and lawfully use their firearms and therefore take measures to ensure they are properly secured.


“No gun-control laws will prevent illegal trafficking of guns.”.....I totally agree mdcommuter. There is not a law in the World that totally prevents the behavior that it is intended to stop. But as with other laws, there are gun-control laws that can REDUCE the flood of guns that disappear into the “lost, stolen, illegally sold” market.


Be lucky if they even know who their father is! Stolen guns are easier to get by punks like these than legally by honest citizens. Now to hope the judge doesn’t coddle them as others have in the past!


Hopefully they'll go before Judge Rolle, he'll know what to do with them.


That was quick, great police work.


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