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Brandon Earl Tyler, left, and Chandler Tristian Davenport, both of Frederick.

A Frederick man pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless endangerment in Frederick County Circuit Court on Wednesday for his role in the Feb. 4 shooting at Frederick High School.

Chandler Tristan Davenport, 20, will be sentenced in November. His plea was accepted by Judge G. Edward Dwyer Jr. on the condition that he testify as a state’s witness in the trial against the alleged shooter.

Davenport was set to stand trial next week.

Brandon Earl Tyler, 21, is charged as the gunman in the Feb. 4 shooting. He remains at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, where he has been held without bail since his arrest March 20.

Two teenagers were wounded in the shooting, which took place just outside a nighttime junior varsity basketball game at the school.

Both men were charged by indictment in Frederick County Circuit Court with four counts of first-degree assault, one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, four counts of use of a handgun in the commission of a felony and four counts of reckless endangerment.

In previous court documents, Deputy State’s Attorney David Callahan wrote that Davenport went into the gymnasium at Tyler’s request to see if any “Sagner [Lucas Village] members” were there, referencing a feud between groups in the Sagner and Carver apartment areas.

The bill of particulars refers to “members” but does not make specific reference to gang activity.

Davenport and members from the rival Sagner group stared at one another in the gym, and Davenport called Tyler’s phone several times during the few minutes he was in the gym, Callahan said Wednesday.

Sagner members walked out of the gym first, and Davenport left behind them, Callahan said.

Just outside the gym, Callahan said Davenport hit one of the Sagner members. Tyler walked to the same location while Davenport backed away. Tyler then fired seven shots from a .380-caliber handgun at the crowd of people near the doors, Callahan said.

Court filings state that the boys wounded in the shooting — who were 14 and 15 years old at the time — were two of six Sagner members present at the game.

One of the boys was shot in the leg, and the other was shot in the back. They were flown to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment as the school was locked down.

Callahan said Davenport agreed to a videotaped interview with police, in which he told investigators that he knew Tyler had a gun with him that day and knew that Tyler regularly carried a gun but did not know that he was going to fire it outside the school.

Thousands of pages of potential evidence have been turned over to defense attorneys, according to court records.

A motion to suppress evidence in Tyler’s case is scheduled for October. Tyler’s trial is scheduled for November.

Callahan said he will recommend a one-year sentence for Davenport, with an additional nine-year suspended sentence and supervised probation. If Davenport performs well in the first two years of supervised probation, a third year of probation may be converted to unsupervised, Callahan said.

Davenport is to be formally sentenced Nov. 24.

Each charge of reckless endangerment carries a maximum possible penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

The misdemeanor crime is defined as recklessly engaging in conduct that created a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to others. The victims in the charges Davenport pleaded guilty to are two women who were standing near the doors when the shots were fired, Callahan said.

Attorneys for Davenport said they could not comment until after the sentencing hearing.

Follow Danielle E. Gaines on Twitter: @danielleegaines.

Danielle E. Gaines covers politics and government in Frederick County, splitting her time between Winchester Hall and The State House. Having grown up in Illinois, she lived in New York and California before settling in Maryland.

(5) comments

jgrose79

So we want to stop gun violence but we allow judges to slap people on the wrist with endangerment and assault even after shooting two teens? It should be attempted murder and the sentence should be life in prison for these two clowns. I don't care if ones a snitch on the other. They are both criminals. That's how you help stop gun violence. Penalties. I can't carry to protect my family yet look who doesn't obey gun laws. The criminals carrying. I'll bet he didn't get fingerprinted when he bought that illegal gun off his criminal buddies or stole it from someone.

phydeaux994

"If you own a gun, the most likely person you are to shoot is yourself. The next most likely person you are to shoot is a close family member. Homes with guns are a dozen times more likely to have household members or guests killed or injured by the weapon than by an intruder.The odds are much greater that the gun will be used against you or a loved one than that it will be used against an armed assailant or an intruder. Firearms are more often discharged in a homicide, suicide or an accident, than in self-defense."

Glen Shiel

One can tell that Davenport went before Dwyer, I doubt if his wrist is even still stinging anymore. He'll be before a judge again, and before long I'd wager. Hopefully the one then will have the bollocks to put him where he belongs.

phydeaux994

Where do these guns come from? An article in the post today talked about many in Missouri, where they have CCW, are stolen out of vehicles. Evidently you can't carry a gun everywhere you go, like a ballgame or concert, so they are left in the car. The thieves know this so they break into cars around such venues.

phydeaux994

ST. LOUIS — In what's been a violent year in St. Louis, a common theme has emerged: The gun used in any given crime was probably stolen. But it's not homes, gun stores or pawn shops that thieves are targeting, Dotson said: It's cars and trucks. More than 170,000 Missouri residents hold concealed-carry permits, and many bring guns when they venture to high-crime areas like St. Louis. Numerous city-dwellers, too, own firearms. But once they arrive at their destination, they often have to leave their guns behind. "When they go to a baseball game or an event at the convention center ... they can't take their weapons in with them, and they leave them in cars," Dotson said. "Criminals know there are guns in cars and they break into cars."

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