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PASADENA, Md. (WJZ) — A man remains in the hospital after he was shot while kayaking. Now police look for the person or people responsible.

Rochelle Ritchie has the latest on the investigation.

The man tells police he was kayaking when he saw a red dot on his stomach right before he was shot.

A night of enjoying the stars on Bodkin Creek turned into a fight for survival after a man says he was shot while kayaking.

“He paddled out, it got dark, he was sitting in his kayak and all of a sudden he noticed there was a fire on the shore–a bonfire, a campfire,” said Candy Thomson, Department of Natural Resources.

The victim, David Seafolk-Kopp, says the next thing he saw was a red laser aimed right at his stomach.

“The victim told us that he saw the flash and he heard the shot,” Thomson said.

It happened just behind homes on Park Lane in Pasadena. Officials with Maryland Natural Resources say the victim was staying with friends at the time where he keeps his kayak.

Investigators say the victim was found around 10 a.m. Sunday. After surgery, he was unable to tell them just how long he had been out on the water.

Investigators are now looking for evidence of that bonfire with hopes of finding out if the shot came from the party.

Officials say, while they certainly remind people of the dangers of being on the water and how to stay safe, dodging bullets is not a warning they thought they’d ever give.

“To have something like this happen really gets things off on the wrong foot,” said Thomson.

The bullet has been removed from the victim’s abdomen and will now undergoing testing to determine the type of gun used.

The victim is expected to make a full recovery.

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