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.