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Police interview shooting victim

January 15, 1998

Hagerstown City Police got their first chance Wednesday to speak with the New Jersey man who was shot Monday night on Jonathan Street.

"The information he gave us was helpful," said Detective George Knight. He wouldn't elaborate.

Kurrian Tyshon Grasty, 18, was listed in fair condition Wednesday at Washington County Hospital, recovering from bullet wounds from the navel down, police said.

Eight shots were fired, including four that struck Grasty, according to Capt. Robert Voytko. Few other details have been released.

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.

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 represents about 5 percent of the county's residents, while accounting for 23 percent of its violent crime.

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