On February 7, 2014, at approximately 8:16 a.m., an administrator at South River High School in Edgewater was walking in the student parking lot while conducting a routine inspection for vehicles without required permits and/or improperly parked. As the administrator was looking at one student’s vehicle, the administrator noticed what appeared to be a shotgun in plain view, but partially covered by an article of clothing on the back seat. The vehicle was unoccupied at the time, and the administrator immediately called for assistance from the School Resource Officer. Additionally, school personnel quickly identified the student who was associated with the vehicle. The 18-year-old male was removed from class, escorted to the office and kept away from other students for the duration of the investigation.
The School Resource Officer retrieved an unloaded 12-gauge shotgun and several loose rounds of ammunition from the back seat of the vehicle. The officer also seized two pills of controlled medication not prescribed to the student. A thorough investigation regarding the student’s activities indicates the student had been hunting previously and the weapon had not been removed from the vehicle afterwards. The hunting activities took place off-campus and outside school hours. No students or staff members were threatened with the weapon, and there is no evidence to suggest the student intended to harm anyone on campus. As a result of this incident, the 18-year-old student was arrested and charged as an adult with Possession of Deadly Weapon on School Property and CDS Possession.
Suspect: Patrick Bryan Mitchell II, 18, of Edgewater, Md