- An Eagle Scout who was mistaken for a bank robber and
shot in the face by an FBI agent in Pasadena on Friday remained in serious
but stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center last night.
- Joseph Charles Schultz, 20, was shot at close range about
6 p.m. Friday when FBI agents searching for a bank robbery suspect pulled
over his girlfriend's car.
- Schultz, who lives in the 7900 block of Seabreeze Drive
in Orchard Beach in Anne Arundel County and works with fiber optics for
a local medical company, has no connection to the bank robbery, officials
- At the time of the shooting, Schultz, who graduated from
Northeast High School in Pasadena in 2000, was a passenger in a Pontiac
Grand Am driven by his girlfriend, 16-year-old Krissy Harkum.
- The couple was returning from a trip to Marley Station
Mall in Glen Burnie when plainclothes federal agents in unmarked cars
them over near Key Bridge Discount Liquors at 7212 Fort Smallwood Road,
according to Harkum's father, Joseph Harkum. Carrying weapons that his
daughter, a junior honor student at Northeast, described as "assault
rifles or machine guns," the agents ordered them to put their hands
up, he said.
- That's when the agent on the passenger's side opened
fire, striking Schultz once, he said.
- Yeah, I'm Angry
- "Here you got two of the sweetest kids on the Earth
going to the mall and having Slurpees, getting shot through the car window.
It's a mess. Yeah, I'm angry," Harkum said from his Pasadena
- FBI spokesman Barry Maddox said agency policy prevented
the immediate release of the name of the agent who shot Schultz.
- He also declined to comment on whether the agent has
been assigned to desk duty pending an investigation of the shooting. Nor
have FBI officials released information about how the shooting took
- "It's an ongoing investigation, and under most
we do not give out too much information," Maddox said.
- Harkum said his daughter was struck by glass and blood
but was uninjured in the shooting. Still, she remained shaken
- She's Not Doing Too Good
- "She had nightmares about it," Harkum
- "She's not doing too good. Emotionally, she's not
OK," he said.
- Krissy Harkum remained at Schultz's bedside last night.
Though he was unable to speak, her father said, she told him that Schultz
wrote her a note asking, "Why did he shoot me?"
- Family members reached at Schultz's home referred
calls to attorney Joseph C. Asensio, who did not return repeated calls
seeking information last night.
- Yesterday afternoon, agents assigned to the FBI's
review group based in Washington scoured the scene for the agency's
- Anne Arundel County police officers continued their probe
of the shooting yesterday and were setting up interviews with witnesses,
said Officer Charles Ravenell.
- Sun staff writer Lynn Anderson contributed to this
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