Robert Francis Cook Bio
Robert Francis Cook is identified as one shooter in Taneytown Shooting. Two suspect shooter shot a teen 16 years old at East Baltimore Street in Taneytown around 2 a.m.
.@MDSP troopers are investigating a home invasion and shooting in the unit block of E Baltimore St, Taneytown, that occurred about 2 am today. A 16 yr old was shot and is being treated at UMD Shock Trauma Center. One suspect is in custody. A search for a second suspect continues
— MD State Police (@MDSP) November 19, 2019
Robert Francis Cook Age
He is 46 years old.
1 injured in a shooting near the 50 block of E Baltimore St in Taneytown, Maryland https://t.co/t9fz13jhBA
— GVAU (@GunVAupdates) November 19, 2019
Maryland State Police said the home invasion and shooting happened in the unit block of East Baltimore Street in Taneytown around 2 a.m.
Taneytown police responded to a multifamily apartment building in the unit block of East Baltimore Street for a report of a shooting, police said. The preliminary investigation indicates two men forced their way into the apartment armed with handguns, confronted the father of the 16-year-old and a young child inside, and demanded to see the 16-year-old.
One of the men hit the father in the head with a gun, according to the release, then the men forced their into a bedroom, confronting the 16-year-old. There was an “altercation,” in which the teen was shot, police said.
Taneytown Shooting Victim
According to the release, the victim, a 16-year-old boy, was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. Medical staff report he is in stable condition, police said.
Robert Francis Cook Arrested
Investigators identified one suspect as Robert Francis Cook, and troopers went to his home, where he surrendered without incident, according to the release. His residence was near the scene of the shooting.
Robert Francis Cook is in custody and police are searching for a second man wanted in connection with the incident, according to a Maryland State Police news release. Police have not identified either suspect, though charges are pending against the suspect in custody.
Robert Francis Cook Charges
According to police charges are pending against the man in custody, so he is not being identified at this time. The second person being sought is described only at this time as an African American man with a stocky build.
According to investigators, two suspects forced their way into the apartment shortly before 2 a.m. The men, both described as being armed with handguns, confronted the victim’s father and a young child. They demanded to see the victim and one of the men struck the father in the head with a gun.
Troopers from the Criminal Enforcement Division and crime scene technicians continue to investigate. Taneytown police Chief Jason Etzler requested Maryland State Police conduct the investigation, and officers from the Taneytown Police Department are assisting, according to the release.