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Wounded woman may have been struck, not shot

September 27, 1997

HANCOCK - A woman originally believed to have been shot on Thursday may have instead been struck in the head with the butt of a handgun, Maryland State Police said Friday. They are not releasing the woman's identity.

Initial reports indicated the woman was shot in the head at about 9:30 p.m. at Tollgate Ridge and McKinley Drive in Vista Village, a trailer court near Hancock, said Maryland State Police Cpl. G.L. Barnhart.

Police arrived and found the woman had sustained a wound to the head above the left temple area. She was transported to Washington County Hospital where she was treated for a superficial head wound and released, state police said.

The incident is believed to be drug-related, state police said. They are looking for a suspect known by the street name of "Special."

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The suspect, a black male, fled the scene in a small compact car with a white woman and black woman, police said. The car was later recovered in the Hagerstown area, they said.

It was believed that the car headed east on Interstate 70 after the incident.

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