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City police have made a second arrest in connection with the shooting of a 16-year-old boy on Dec. 19 at a residence at Hillcrest Drive in Frederick.

Officers tracked down another witness to the incident, in which 17-year-old Dylan Gray allegedly shot an unidentified boy in the chest after an altercation, according to a news release from the Frederick Police Department.

Police, who arrested and charged Gray as an adult shortly after the shooting, now have charged another 16-year-old in the case, the release said.

Cory Aaron Nowalk of Frederick was charged as an adult with weapon possession and being an accessory after the fact to a first-degree assault after an investigation determined that he was a witness to the shooting, police spokesman Lt. Clark Pennington said Thursday.

In the course of the investigation, police determined that Nowalk had been in possession of the gun used in the shooting and had attempted to dispose of the weapon, the release said.

Police said Nowalk gave the gun to an unidentified person. Nowalk admitted his involvement to police and later led detectives to the area where a handgun was found, the release said.

Investigators believe it is the weapon that was used in the shooting, the release said.

Nowalk was arrested at his residence on Wednesday and transported to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, where he is being held on $10,000 bond.

Police do not anticipate any further arrests related to the case, Pennington said Thursday.

The orignal incident occurred in the 400 block of Hillcrest Drive, where Gray allegedly shot the unidentified boy in the chest after an altercation in the front yard of the residence, police said.

The boy was transported to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was reported to be in stable condition on Dec. 20. A condition update was not available because under federal law the hospital will only provide that information if a patient has been identified.

Police have not identified the boy who was injured because he is a minor and a victim of crime, Pennington said.

Gray was charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, handgun on person and use of a handgun in the commission of a violent crime and discharging a firearm in the city, according to court records.

Pennington did not have additional information about what caused the altercation and led to the shooting.

During the course of the investigation, police determined that Gray and the boy know each other, and the incident was not a random event.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to call 301-600-TIPS.

Staff Writer Morgan Young contributed to this story.

mraycheva@gazette.net