Joshua David Eckenrode Charged In Murder Of Curtis Mason Smith In Frederick

A 19-year-old Thurmont man is charged in the first-degree murder of Curtis Mason Smith.

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NICOLE BAKER: A disturbing crime in Frederick County. A man not only charged with murder tonight, but also accused of potentially planning a mass shooting. Good to see you with us at 7:00. I'm Nicole Baker.

DENISE KOCH: And I'm Denise Koch. Police potentially foiling this plot as they investigated a suspicious death. When they arrested a suspect for murder, they found explosives and weapons in his apartment.

NICOLE BAKER: WJZ is live at 7:00. Kelsey Kushner with what we're learning about this. Kelsey?

KELSEY KUSHNER: Nicole, Denise, well, this abandoned barn here is where police say they uncovered the body of Curtis Mason Smith. They say that discovery then led them to discover plans of a mass shooting.

19-year-old Joshua Eckenrode is charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm, after the Frederick County Sheriff's Office says he killed 19-year-old Curtis Mason Smith. According to charging documents, detectives say Eckenrode and Smith met, and at some point, Eckenrode shot Smith in the head and left his body in a car at an abandoned barn on Runnymede Street. The Sheriff's Office says deputies went to arrest Eckenrode. During their search at his apartment, they uncovered what they believed to be plans for a mass shooting. They also found several bomb-making materials, firearms, and a tactical vest, and a note apologizing to family members for, quote, "having to go out this way."

TODD WIVELL: They also found a couple letters where he had talked about different stages of where he was going to plant weapons, and so on and so forth.

KELSEY KUSHNER: Neighbors say it's concerning knowing they lived so close to his apartment.

- It is very disheartening and very concerning that the individual lives that close to a neighborhood like this.

KELSEY KUSHNER: Now, police say they found over 40 weapons and two live explosion devices. We'll have much more from police coming up tonight at 11:00. Reporting live here in Frederick County, Kelsey Kushner for WJZ.