Police may canvass area of kayaker shooting again

PASADENA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Authorities may canvass the area again where a kayaker was shot in the stomach in Pasadena last weekend. A spokesperson with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police says officers are coordinating their next round of neighborhood visits and may canvass this weekend.

On Tuesday, police officers returned to the area where a kayaker was shot. Investigators are trying to pinpoint the actual shooting location.

DNR received ballistics results from Maryland State Police, which confirm the belief that the bullet fired was either a .357 or a 9 mm slug. That evidence would coincide with the theory that the round was fired from a distance of more than a football field.

Police are also reviewing other evidence, including gunshot residue on the kayaker's clothing, and conducting forensics testing.

The shooting happened at approximately 10 p.m. Saturday on Bodkin Creek. Police say the shot may have come from a party on the shore. Police are trying to figure out whether the shooting was an accident or intentional.

According to Maryland Natural Resources Police, 56-year-old David Seafolk-Kopp of Reston was kayaking in an area he knew very well.

Reports said that the Seafolk-Kopp passed out at some point but hours later made it to shore and a home. The homeowners called 911.

Tuesday, DNR officials say they re-interviewed him and have no reason to doubt his story. He told investigators he didn't know exactly how long he was out in the kayak and that he was afraid he might fall out of the kayak and drown. He has also denied claims that he may have shot himself.

A spokesperson with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police says that they are still getting tips and are still looking for information from the public.

Investigators believe the shooting is an isolated incident.

If you know anything about the incident, then please call police at 410-260-8888.


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