Police search for leads in kayaker shooting

Maryland Natural Resources Police continue to investigate the case of a man who was shot while kayaking Saturday night and then paddled himself to shore, where he was found the next morning.

Police don't know who shot the 56-year-old man from Reston, Va., who was on the water in Main Creek off Bodkin Creek in Pasadena. He had planned an evening of stargazing and reading on a tablet.


"We'll find the shooter. It's just going to be a matter of time," said Sgt. Brian Albert of the Natural Resources Police.

The kayaker, David Seafolk-Kopp, suffered a flesh wound and has been released from Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Albert said.


Seafolk-Kopp told police he launched his kayak about 4:15 p.m. Saturday. He thinks he was struck about 10:30 p.m. or 11 p.m. Worried about falling into the water and drowning, Seafolk-Kopp gradually made his way to shore.

At some point while it was still dark, he passed out. He was found about 10:30 a.m., Albert said.

Seafolk-Kopp reported seeing a red reflection on the water before he was shot, though Albert does not believe it was a laser sight. The bullet, appears to be a .357 or a 9 mm round, has been sent to the Maryland State Police for testing, Albert said.

"We're looking at this from every angle. It's possible it was a stray bullet," Albert said.

Police have not ruled out that the wound could have been self-inflicted, but that's not likely given the angle and force of the bullet's entry, Albert said.

Seafolk-Kopp was not reported missing, and it was not unusual for him to go out on long paddles, Albert said. He's cooperating with the investigation and is anxious to find out what happened.

"I would say he's equally as baffled as we are," Albert said.

The shooting appears to be an isolated incident, and police say there's no public safety threat on the creek. Anyone with information was asked to call 410-260-8888.