Hagerstown girl, 16, wounded by gunshots

October 25, 1997


Staff Writer

Gunshots ripped through the door of a North End Hagerstown apartment Friday morning, wounding a teenager in the leg.

The unidentified girl, 16, was hit in the upper left leg by one of seven gunshots fired into the apartment at 441 N. Potomac St.

She was in good condition at Washington County Hospital, according to hospital officials and Hagerstown City Police.

"She is very lucky,'' said Sgt. Rick Johnson.

He gave the following account of the 2:30 a.m. incident:

Two black men began beating on the front door of Apt. 8, demanding entry. When that was denied, the suspects attempted to force their way in by kicking the door.


During a lull, someone in the apartment looked out the peephole in the metal-clad door and saw two men.

Then seven shots were fired through the door, one striking the teenage girl.

At the time of the shooting, there were four people in the apartment.

Witnesses described the first suspect as a young black male, 5 feet 6 or 7 inches tall, wearing a brown or tan wool hat with a bill and possibly a tan or brown jacket.

The second suspect is described only as a black male, taller than the first man and possibly wearing a black coat.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Detectives George Brandt or George Knight at 301-790-3700, ext. 234.

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