Kayaker shot while paddling in Pasadena, police say

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Maryland Natural Resources Police are continuing to investigate the shooting of a kayaker who was paddling in a creek in Anne Arundel County Saturday night.

David Seafolk-Kopp, 56, told 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.

"We are continuing to get tips and follow leads," Thomson said Monday morning.

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 Sunday. "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 Monday. Thomson said the site of the campfire has also not been found.

Investigators have sent the bullet used in shooting for a ballistics analysis, and are canvassing nearby neighborhoods for additional leads.

Anyone with information may call 410-260-8888.

Sun reporters Colin Campbell and Nayana Davis contributed to this story.