Montgomery County police say a 16-year-old boy is allegedly responsible for a Feb. 26 shooting in which a bullet grazed the face of a Paint Branch High School student.
Police are searching for the alleged shooter, Damien Jared Fox, and obtained an arrest warrant charging him with first-degree assault, armed robbery and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to a press release.
The shooting left the 17-year-old boy with injuries that were not life-threatening, and he was taken to a local hospital and treated, police said. Police do not typically release names of crime victims.
According to police, the student who was later shot had left Paint Branch High School, at 14121 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville, at some point that morning and went to visit friends outside a nearby house in the 13900 block of Old Columbia Pike.
The student knew Fox, who was one of the people outside the house. Fox, according to police, began repeatedly demanding the student’s cell phone. When the student didn’t give him his phone and started walking back to school, “he heard a gunshot and realized that Fox had shot him,” police wrote.
The bullet grazed his cheek and ear. His friends walked him to the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Station at 13900 Old Columbia Pike, less than a half-mile from the school, and he told people there that he had been shot.
Fox fled before police arrived.
Police describe Fox as 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and wears dental braces.
Fox does not attend public school in the county, according to Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman Derek Turner. Police said his address is unconfirmed.
Police have asked anyone with information about Fox’s whereabouts to call 301-279-8000 or leave an anonymous tip at 866-411-TIPS (8477).