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Man wounded in Hagerstown

January 12, 1998

by Joe Crocetta / staff photographer

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Man wounded in Hagerstown

By AMY WALLAUER

Staff Writer

A teenager from New Jersey was wounded when shots were fired Monday night in Hagerstown, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Kurrian Tyshon Grasty, 18, was struck at least once at about 7 p.m. in front of 202 Jonathan St.

Community Rescue Service took Grasty to Washington County Hospital, where John Costopoulos, hospital spokesman, said he was being assessed late Monday. He was undergoing procedures and diagnostic tests that likely would last until early today.

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Police said he had been operated on for his injuries and that they were not life-threatening.

No arrests had been made by 11 p.m., but police said they had leads.

"Were talking to a number of people," said Capt. Robert Voytko. "We don't have a motive yet as to what caused this. We're looking into motives right now. I can't say if this is drugs or anything quite yet."

Police were investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting and trying to determine why the New Jersey man was in Hagerstown.

Voytko said multiple shots were fired, but police hadn't determined exactly how many by late Monday.

Witnesses on the corner of Berkson Avenue and Church Street at the time of the shooting said they heard six shots fired before a car sped north on Jonathan Street.

"I came outside to get into my car and I just heard, 'Pow, pow, pow, pow, pow pow,'" said one witness, who asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation. "I wasn't going to come down, figuring I might get shot, until I saw the ambulance."

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