A kayaker from Reston was shot in the abdomen as he was paddling on a creek in Pasadena, Md., Saturday evening, Maryland Natural Resources Police said.
David E. Seafolk-Kopp, 56, told authorities he was boating in Bodkin Creek at dusk when he saw a bonfire on shore and heard what sounded like a party, police said.
“All of a sudden, he looks down and sees a red dot consistent with a laser and feels a searing pain,” said Candy Thomson, a spokeswoman for the police.
After Seafolk-Kopp was shot, he could not get back to the shore of the creek, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay and popular with pleasure boaters. Seafolk-Kopp spent all night on the water, only reaching dry ground about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Thomson said. He was discovered by a homeowner who called police.
The man was rushed to the hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.
Thomson said the man was not able to pinpoint the location of the shooting, so natural resource officers in boats are searching Bodkin Creek and Anne Arundel police are scouring the shoreline for signs of the campfire and party.
Thomson said the kayaker’s wound was not consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot, and police do not have any suspects in the shooting. Thomson said there’s a possibility it could have been accidental.
“It’s a real head scratcher,” Thomson said.