Teen charged in shooting at Annapolis football game

October 30, 2005|By BRADLEY OLSON | BRADLEY OLSON,SUN REPORTER

A Glen Burnie teenager was charged with reckless endangerment, accused of accidentally shooting a 17-year-old Odenton girl Friday night at an Annapolis High School football game, police said yesterday.

The 17-year-old boy charged in the shooting, whose name was not released by police, was not a student at Annapolis High or Old Mill High School, the opposing team in the game. He was later released to the custody of his parents, police said.

The victim had been shot in the left thigh, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and later released, police said. Police released no other information about her.

Police at the game heard a shot about 8:30 p.m. Friday - shortly before halftime - and later detained two people a short distance away using search dogs. Both were taken into custody, but one was released when police determined he was not involved. The game was postponed.

"The suspect brought the loaded handgun to the football game concealed in his clothing," police said in a statement. "The suspect had his hand on the gun while concealed in his clothing and accidentally pulled the trigger. The victim was shot in the thigh while standing next to the suspect."

Parents and administrators said the shooting was unprecedented in Annapolis, and although most were aware as of yesterday that the shooting was accidental, many expressed concern that a teenager not affiliated with either school had brought a loaded gun to the game.

Annapolis High School Principal Donald Lilley said the shooting happened "with a lot of security people around." As far as making the environment safer, Lilley said installing metal detectors at the stadium would be unlikely, although administrators would continue to be vigilant.

Steven Johnson, whose son is a junior and plays in the high school band, was trying to leave the stadium when he heard a gunshot.

"It's just one of those things," Johnson said. "Obviously you don't want people showing up with guns, but it didn't seem like it grew out of any altercation."

Johnson said one possible corrective action would be to install better lighting in the parking lot near the stadium.

bradley.olson@baltsun.com

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