Pa. man wounded in Hagerstown shooting

May 06, 1998|By LISA GRAYBEAL

by Kevin G. Gilbert / staff photographer

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Hagerstown Shooting

A Lancaster, Pa., man was shot in the back Tuesday afternoon across from a playground on Rubbie Avenue, the third shooting victim in Hagerstown in less than a month.

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Kevin Leon Major, 19, was found at about 2:04 p.m. lying in a grassy parking area next to a white picket fence just off Rubbie Avenue, a one-way alley between the 400 block of North Jonathan Street and Park Place, according to Hagerstown City Police.

He was listed in fair condition Tuesday night, according to John Costopoulos, hospital spokesman.

Major was able to give only a limited description of the shooter, who remained at large Tuesday night, police said.

The gunman was described as a black man in his early 20s, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing approximately 220 pounds. He was wearing a plaid shirt and a New York baseball hat, police said.


An emergency crew from Community Rescue Service treated Major at the scene and then took him to Washington County Hospital.

Residents who live in the public housing units near the shooting site said the incident began with a street fight in the 400 block of Park Place.

Witnesses to the shooting

Major ran through some yards and was scaling a chain link fence that separates the alley from the housing units when shots rang out, according to witnesses.

"I heard the shots, that's all, about three of them. I didn't come out of my house because I didn't want to get shot," said Lawrence King, who lives on North Avenue.

Several onlookers said the shots caught the attention of people who were on Jonathan Street and residents like Hazel Parson, who lives nearby in the Bethel Gardens housing units.

"I was sitting outside when I heard the shots and I came running," Parson said.

She said she had just sent her son to the local convenience store for cigarettes and feared he might have been hurt.

About 30 minutes after the shooting, children returning home from school walked through the neighborhood and around the yellow police tape that cordoned off the shooting scene.

Police found a black gun holster in the yard to the rear of 402A Park Place.

With guns pulled, police surrounded a home on North Avenue just after arriving on the scene, but a search turned up nothing.

"I just moved here from Franklin Street and now I'm sorry I did," said Gloria May, who was unpacking boxes when she heard the gunshots.

On April 8, Tyler Lamont Moore, 24, of Waynesboro, Pa., was shot in the arm as he rode up Jonathan Street in a car at about 10:35 p.m. The gun was fired by a man who was standing on the corner of Jonathan Street and Murph Avenue.

In that case, 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.

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.

Two arrests were made in the April 13 shooting of a man in the 900 block of Lanvale Street.

William Vasquez, 28, and Ronnie Walker, 24, both of Brooklyn, N.Y., were charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, reckless endangerment and first- and second-degree assault, and handgun violations, police said.

Police never identified the victim, who was shot in the leg and was taken to Washington County Hospital where he stayed overnight.

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