Police seek man in Hagerstown shooting

April 09, 1998|By LISA GRAYBEAL

Hagerstown City Police were searching Thursday for a man wanted in a Wednesday night shooting in which an occupant of a car was wounded.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Bobby Damien Coleman, also known as Bobby Evans, 20, whose last known address was Noland Drive in Hagerstown, police said.

Tyler Lamont Moore, 24, of 150 N. Church St., Waynesboro, Pa., was wounded in the shooting, police said.

He was a passenger in a car traveling on Jonathan Street when the gunfire erupted at about 10:35 p.m.

Moore told police that although he ducked when he heard gunshots, he was hit in the right arm.

He was driven to Washington County Hospital where he was treated and released.

Police said Moore was in the front passenger seat, and there were passengers in the back seat of the car.

Moore could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Coleman was charged in the warrants with three counts of attempted second-degree murder, three counts of reckless endangerment and three counts of second-degree assault, police said.


The shooting occurred when a man standing on the corner of Jonathan Street and Murph Avenue pulled a gun from his waistband and began firing into a passing car, the car's driver told police.

The driver told police that she did not recognize the shooter.

Police said they do not know whether the shooting was intentional, a random act or a case of mistaken identity.

Police Thursday were trying to contact witnesses to the shooting.

Arlene Meadows, who lives in the 300 block of Jonathan Street near the scene of the shooting, said she was in bed watching television when she heard three or four shots.

Meadows said she looked outside but didn't see anything.

Although there hasn't been a shooting in her neighborhood for several months, Meadows said she wasn't surprised to find out there had been one Wednesday night.

"It has been pretty quiet here ... But it's getting warm and there's a lot more people out congregating," she said.

Hagerstown police in late January deployed a street crime unit to clamp down on the drug trade and bring order to the streets following a string of violent episodes late last year.

The street crime unit went off duty at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

The shooting was the first in the area since the crime unit took to the streets. The team made more than 100 arrests during the first month of operation.

Coleman is described as a black man in his early 20s. He is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds.

Anyone with information about the shooting may contact the Hagerstown Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 301-790-3700, extension 234. Detectives George Brandt and George Knight are the primary investigators on the case.

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