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No arrests made in shootings

April 19, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

No arrests have been made in two shootings that occurred just hours apart on North Avenue on Sunday, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Police said Monday they were continuing their investigation and believe the incidents were unrelated.

"We can't say for sure yet, but we think they were separate incidents," said Lt. Gary Spielman. But he said it was too soon to positively rule out anything.

Both men were wounded in the first block of West North Avenue in Hagerstown early Sunday, police said.

In each case, police learned about the shootings when the hospital called to report a gunshot wound, Spielman said.

"We were already in the area because the bars were closing - we try to have a big presence at that time," Spielman said this morning.

Shairon Rudsel Cornelia, 22, of Hagerstown, checked himself out of Washington County Hospital on Sunday, Spielman said.

Cornelia told police he was shot in the leg around 2 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of West North Avenue near North Street School. He said he was shot after he had a verbal altercation with a man in a club on Jonathan Street.

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The second shooting victim said he was shot in the upper shoulder at 3:15 a.m. in the first block of West North Avenue near Ruby Avenue, said Sgt. Mark E. Renner.

Damon McCarrol Scott, 19, of Bowie, Md., was still at Washington County Hospital this morning. The bullet was still in his shoulder, said Spielman, who described the injury as non-life threatening.

Hospital officials said they had no information on Scott's condition Monday evening.

He said police neither heard nor saw anything even though they were just a block away, still investigating the first incident.

Both victims said they were shot by an "unknown black male." Scott told police he thinks he was mistaken for someone else, Spielman said.

Staff Writer Kim Yakowski contributed to this story.

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