Parents tell story of shooting in Odenton that injured child

ODENTON, Md. - Carley Moulton was feeding her 7-month-old child Monday night when she was startled by what she thought were firecrackers. 

Her husband, Aaron Moulton, an Army veteran, had heard that familiar pop-pop sound before. 

"He told us to get down, get down," Carley remembers, as bullets whizzed into her living room. 

They crawled over broken glass into the bedroom. 

"She's hit. She's hit," Carley said. 

Her first child Abigail, who they call Abby, was bleeding from her face. 

Carley covered her two children and ran to the bathroom where they sat in the tub and waited out the worst of it. 

Meanwhile, Abigail still has a piece of bullet fragment lodged just above her right eye, and about three inches below her golden yellow hairline. 

The Moultons' shooting nightmare was retold Thursday night in front of a standing room only crowd at Waugh Chapel Elementary School cafeteria in Odenton. 

An emotional Aaron told the crowd, "they may have stolen my security and my safety, but they will never take my drive, my goal or crush my mission." 

The community meeting was called by Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis with one focus in mind: to catch the person who pulled the trigger. 

Police believe the culprit  was driving or riding in a four-door maroon color Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Grand Marquis. 

"We're not attending a funeral tomorrow," Davis said to the crowd. "This crime affects all of us in different ways. We are going to work relentlessly and tirelessly to find out who did this." 

There isn't a clear motive for the attack on Sept. 23. Aaron Moulton quashed rumors of drug activity and racism head-on during the meeting. 

He speculated that the shooting could have been motivated by gang initiation. 

"Sticking up for our community brought this on," Aaron said following the meeting. "But if this person think this is going to stop me they are dead wrong. I am on a freight train. 

"I'm going to take all these people out of our community and make it a nice and safe neighborhood," he continued. 

Andy Anderson, also retired military, said he's seen his Chapel Gate community change over the years. 

"Years ago you could trust people," he said. "I hope you can still do that today, but it is a little dangerous out there." 

He described the neighborhood as "shook up" following the shooting. 

"It's not a one person or one police officer problem … It's everyone that has to come together to fix it," he said.  


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