Gun Accident Fatally Wounds 11 Year Old Boy

[June 2, 2012, Pylesville, MD] — Shortly after 7:00am on Saturday, June 2, 2012, Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 900 block of Old Pylesville Road in Pylesville, MD for a report of a gun shot wound. The caller indicated that her grandson had just been shot.

When deputies arrived at the scene, members of the Whiteford Volunteer Fire Company were rendering aid to a young boy who had been shot in the head. The victim, identified as Michael Alexander Szoke, age 11, of the 1200 block of Ridge Road in Pylesville MD, succumbed to his injuries on the way to the landing zone to be transported to John Hopkins Pediatric Center by Maryland State Police Trooper 1.

At the time of the incident, it was reported to deputies that the victim was in the woods with his younger brother, age 8, of the 900 block of Pylesville Road, in Pylesville MD. Deputies were told that the shots came from an unknown direction fired by an unknown person. Supported by Maryland State Police Trooper 6 and the Harford County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit, deputies on the ground worked to locate a possible random shooter nearby that may had caused the injuries to the 11-year old.

Shortly before 10am, Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies located a handgun hidden in the woods near the scene. Investigation has determined that the 11 year old was accidently shot by his 8-year old brother while they were playing in the wooded area. The boys had removed the handgun from a secured area of an elderly neighbor's property, when they had gone to his house to help him with yard work.

There are no charges filed at this time, pending a review by the Harford County State's Attorney's Office.

News Release

June 02, 2012


  • Monica A. Worrell