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Probe into shooting continues

January 14, 1998

Probe into shooting continues

Police Tuesday continued to search for the person who shot a New Jersey man Monday night on Jonathan Street.

Kurrian Tyshon Grasty, 18, remained in fair condition Tuesday night at Washington County Hospital, according to spokesman John C. Costopoulos.

Hagerstown City Police Sgt. Rick Johnson said Grasty was struck from the belly button down. Authorities released few other details about the incident.

Eight shots were fired, including four that struck Grasty, Capt. Robert Voytko said Tuesday during a City Council work session.

Although detectives would not speculate on a motive for the shooting, the head of the Washington County Narcotics Task Force said a suspect is known to his agents.

Sgt. Charles Summers would not say whether drugs might have played a role in the shooting. "What are all these out-of-town people doing here?" Summers said. "I think people are smart enough to draw their own conclusions."

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Police officials have noted a violent trend in the city in recent months.

Police Chief Dale J. Jones said last week that police recovered more weapons last year than the year before, and expressed concern at a number of violent incidents in addition to the four homicides committed in the city in 1997.

Discerning a motive for shootings can be a difficult task, Summers said.

"A lot of these people don't have a lot of remorse over shooting someone," he said.

Grasty was wounded Monday night shortly before 7 p.m. while in front of 202 Jonathan St. The shooting was in the heart of the so-called "hot spot" that contains about 5 percent of the county's residents, yet accounts for 23 percent of its violent crime.

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