- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Police announced two arrests Wednesday in a high school shooting last month that injured two teenage boys.

The defendants are Brandon Earl Tyler, 21, and Chandler Tristan Davenport, 19. Police say that Davenport lured the victims outside in a planned attack during a basketball game and that Tyler was the gunman. Both are from Frederick.

The shooting had some gang connection and the investigation isn’t over, Frederick police Lt. Clark Pennington said.

“We are still trying to identify other individuals that may have information, so I can’t comment on any additional suspects at this time,” Pennington told a news conference.

A Frederick County judge denied bail Wednesday afternoon for Tyler and set Davenport’s bail at $2 million.

Their attorney, Assistant Public Defender Sean Mukherjee, said there’s no physical evidence connecting Tyler to the gun. He said both men are presumed innocent.

They are charged with four counts each of first-degree assault, use of a handgun in a felony or violent crime, and reckless endangerment. Each is also charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree assault in the Feb. 4 shooting outside the Frederick High School gymnasium while a junior varsity basketball game against crosstown rival Gov. Thomas Johnson High was in progress.

The victims, ages 14 and 15 when they were shot, are recovering from their wounds. One was shot in the leg and one in the back with a .380-caliber, semi-auto handgun that Pennington said police have not recovered.

Pennington said police believe the victims and defendants knew each other, but he wouldn’t say how, citing the continuing investigation.

“They have some ongoing relationship and they are obviously at ends but I’m not going to get into the motive,” he said.

Both defendants have police records. Tyler had charges dropped in a 2013 second-degree assault case and a 2011 concealed-weapon case. He was acquitted of another concealed-weapon charge in November. Assistant State’s Attorney Lindell Angel said he had a juvenile-court conviction on a second-degree assault charge.

Davenport has a violation-of-probation hearing scheduled May 6 on an August conviction for second-degree assault. He was given an 18-month suspended sentence, fined $200 and ordered to make restitution of $9,900 in that case. An apparently unrelated concealed-weapon charge in Worcester County was dropped in August.

Interim police Chief Patrick Grossman said he understood how the shooting had alarmed residents of the city of 68,000 about 40 miles west of both Baltimore and Washington.

“We feel attacked where we feel the most vulnerable,” Grossman said.

Frederick County Public Schools spokesman Michael Doerrer said the schools are safe.

“Gangs are not a school issue per se, they’re a community issue,” he said.

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