Detectives Still Searching For Gunman Who Shot Kayaker In Pasadena

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PASADENA, MD. (WJZ) — Nearly a week after a kayaker is shot on an Anne Arundel County creek, it is still a mystery where that shot came from and who fired it.

This weekend, police are stepping up patrols around the Pasadena waterfront.

Meghan McCorkell has more on what they hope to find.

Detectives are still searching for the gunman who fired that shot in this bizarre incident.

The water and nature are usually the only sounds heard along Main Creek in Pasadena. But last Saturday night, police say at least one gunshot broke through the silence.

“I believe the officers are starting to put together a picture of what that evening looked like,” said Candy Thomson, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police.

Between 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., 56-year-old David Seafolk-Kopp was paddling his kayak by moonlight. He tells investigators he saw a strange red reflection next to him when a gunshot rang out.

The bullet hit him in the stomach.

“We believe this is an isolated incident. We don’t see any reason for people to be frightened,” Thomson said.

The victim never saw who fired the shot, but investigators say it may have come from a .357 or 9 millimeter handgun.

Seafolk-Kopp told detectives he passed out. It took 12 hours for him to get back to a friend’s house for help.

“It really freaked me out just because it’s very quiet. That’s why I freaked out when I heard ambulances and sirens and everything,” said Shelby Sos.

Investigators have been canvassing the entire creekside all week looking for clues.

“We’ve been working our way around the complex of creeks up there street by street, banging on doors, talking to people,” Thomson said.

Some neighbors who initially thought they heard fireworks have now told police they may have been gunshots. That’s helping investigators pinpoint where the shot came from.

Detectives say it is possible this could be a stray bullet. They don’t know if the gunman was actually aiming at the kayaker.

The victim was treated at a local hospital and released. He is expected to be OK.

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