Frederick County Sheriff Officials reported that a 7-year-old boy was shot while playing basketball in Middletown, Maryland on Monday.
A 7-year-old boy suffered an apparent gunshot wound in the leg while playing basketball at the park. He was transported via helicopter to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment where he remains in stable condition.
FCSO is currently on the scene of a shooting that occurred at approximately 12:20 p.m. @ Middletown Memorial Park. A juvenile male was struck in the leg has been flown to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment. pic.twitter.com/rR9tDD23Lq
— Frederick County Sheriff's Office (@FredCoSheriff) July 27, 2020
Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Taylor Clarke released a statement reading:
Through a preliminary investigation into this incident and witness statements, sheriff’s office investigators do not believe a gun was fired in the immediate area of the park and believe the shot may have come from further away.
At this time there is no indication that the juvenile was targeted or that the shooting was intentional, however, it is still under early investigation.
This is still an active and ongoing investigation. Please contact Detective Moore at 301-600-3608 with any information related to this incident. Tips can also be left anonymously on the sheriff’s office tip line at 301-600-4131.
Witnesses on the scene described hearing gunshots in the distance that sounded like potential target shooting. If any citizen has information on any potential target shooting that may have been taking place in the near vicinity of the park at this time, they are asked to please contact the sheriff’s office immediately.