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Still No Suspect In Pasadena Kayaker Shooting

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PASADENA, MD. (WJZ) — One week after a kayaker is shot in a creek near Pasadena, police are still no closer to finding the gunman.

Monique Griego has the latest on the investigation.

Police were out again Saturday morning talking to neighbors, hoping someone may have seen something.

It’s a calm day on the water along Main Creek in Pasadena. The scene is a sharp contrast from last Saturday night, when police say someone fired at least one gunshot and struck a kayaker.

Saturday, Department of Natural Resources Police were out again, canvassing for clues and leads.

“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.

Investigators say it happened between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. David Seafolk-Kopp, 56, was paddling his kayak by moonlight when he says he saw a strange red light on his shirt and then heard a gunshot.

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. Now, one week later, there’s still no suspect.

Investigators have determined the bullet may have come from a .357 or 9 millimeter handgun.

Seafolk-Kopp told detectives he passed out. It took him 12 hours to get 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.

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.

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

Detectives say it is possible the shot was a stray bullet and the shooter may have not been aiming at the kayaker.

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

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