Kayaker shot while paddling in Pasadena, police say

David Seafolk-Kopp, 56, of Renton, wounded in stomach

April 13, 2014|By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun

A kayaker in Anne Arundel County was shot in the stomach while paddling in a creek Saturday night, police said.

David Seafolk-Kopp, 56, told Maryland Natural Resources Police investigators that he was stargazing on Bodkin Creek when he saw a campfire on shore and could hear people yelling and partying, NRP spokeswoman Candy Thomson said. He then saw a red laser dot on his stomach, and was shot in the upper right abdomen.

Seafolk-Kopp, who lives in Reston, Va. and has family in Anne Arundel County, had launched his kayak from a friend's home in the 1400 block of Park Road, Thomson said. He made it back to that area Sunday after 10:30 a.m., and a resident of a nearby home found him. He didn't know what time the shooting occurred.

The victim was taken to Shock Trauma with non-life threatening injuries, and he was treated and released, Thomson said.

"He's a very lucky man," she said. "The bullet entered near his rib cage, and they were able to easily extract it."

Neither a suspect nor a motive for the shooting was identified Sunday. Natural Resources Police were on the water investigating, and county police were walking the shoreline to try to locate the campfire site, Thomson said.

Anyone with information may call 410-260-8888.

Sun reporter Colin Campbell contributed to this story.



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