Kayaker Shot While Stargazing in Maryland
By Paul Lebowitz
The red laser dot painted his stomach. The bullet came a moment later, striking David Seafolk-Kopp, 56, of Reston, VA, in the upper abdomen.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Seafolk-Kopp had launched his kayak Saturday evening from a friend’s house on Bodkin Creek, a normally quiet estuary on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay. He was out for a stargazing paddle. Seafolk-Kopp told police he saw a campfire on shore; he could hear people yelling and partying. Then he noticed the laser-dot, and felt the pain.
Seafolk-Kopp spent the night floating on the creek in his kayak, possibly drifting in and out of consciousness. He didn’t make it back to his launching point until 10:30 the next morning, where a local resident found him and summoned help. Seafolk-Kopp was transported to Shock Trauma where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries and released.
“He’s a very lucky man. The bullet entered near his rib cage, and they were able to easily extract it,” Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson told the Sun.
The investigation is ongoing; officers are canvassing the neighborhood for leads.
Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson addresses the media near the site of a shooting Saturday night. David Seafolk-Kopp, 56, of Reston, VA, was out for a stargazing paddle when a bullet struck him in the abdomen.