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Boy in shooting escapes

July 01, 1997

By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 16-year-old Martinsburg boy who was captured last week in connection with the accidental shooting of his girlfriend is at large again after he escaped from a local juvenile detention center Sunday, police said.

The boy escaped from the Eastern Regional Juvenile Detention Center on South Queen Street with a 17-year-old boy, according to Martinsburg Police.

The 17-year-old boy, who was later captured in the area of Old Arden Road off Winchester Avenue, told police that he and the other youth escaped from the detention center by climbing over a fence in an outdoor recreation center, according to Lt. Rick Swartwood.

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Police officer I. Paul Blackman first noticed the boys about 5:30 p.m. while conducting a bicycle patrol in the Horatio Gates apartment complex on Porter Avenue, police said.

The two boys started running south along railroad tracks in the area when they were spotted by Blackman, police said.

The 17-year-old boy was arrested after he emerged from a wooded area, police said.

Police believe the 16-year-old boy was with his girlfriend June 19 when the girl was shot in the leg. The girl told police her boyfriend accidentally shot her in the knee with a 9mm handgun while the two were looking at the gun in a house along Tablers Station Road.

The boy was captured last Wednesday when Police Chief Wayne Cleveland spotted the boy hiding in the West View Baptist Church on South Louisiana Avenue, police said.

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