Baby hospitalized after being shot at Maryland apartment

An infant is recovering at a hospital after being shot in the hand when two men forced their way inside an apartment in Waldorf, Maryland, early Thursday morning.

The Charles County Sheriff’s office said the shooting happened about 12:05 a.m. Thursday in an  apartment in the 3000 block of Gallery Place.

Authorities said the two men forced their way inside the apartment and confronted a woman inside holding her 8-month-old son.

“For reasons that are unclear, one suspect pulled out a firearm and discharged it,” the sheriff’s office said. The baby was struck by the bullet in his hand.

The baby was flown to the hospital. The infant is “stable” and in a non-life-threatening condition, according to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Diane Richardson.

The baby’s mother was not injured.

Detectives are looking into the possibility the apartment was targeted and the two suspects may have gone there looking for someone else.

Richardson earlier told WTOP the suspect may have known someone at the apartment and an earlier argument may have led to the shooting.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Det. Worley at 301-609-6518.

If callers want to remain anonymous, they can call Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

A $1,000 reward is being offered.

WTOP’s Andrew Alsbrooks and Jack Moore contributed to this report.

Matt Small

Matt joined WTOP News at the start of 2020, after contributing to Washington’s top news outlet as an Associated Press journalist for nearly 18 years.

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