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Man charged in pair of shootings

August 15, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - Deputies charged a Middletown man Sunday with mistakenly shooting one man, then seeking out and shooting another man, according to sheriff's deputies from Washington and Frederick counties.

Kenneth Daniel Ramsburg, 38, of 7022 Mountain Church Road, was awaiting a bond hearing late Sunday on several charges, including two counts of attempted murder.

The first shooting occurred when Andy B. Ebner of Middletown was driving a pickup truck in the 7200 block of Mountain Church Road around midnight Sunday and a Ford pickup came up behind him, deputies said.

The driver of the truck fired three shots with a shotgun at Ebner, hitting his tailgate, tool box and rear window.

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Shotgun pellets struck Ebner in the back of the head but he was not seriously injured, deputies said.

After the third shot, Ebner stopped and got out of his truck, yelling to the other driver, "Why are you shooting at me?" deputies said.

The driver got out of his truck and said he had mistaken Ebner for someone else, then apologized to him, deputies said.

Deputies said the driver handed Ebner his business card, saying he would pay for the damages.

The business card was Ramsburg's, deputies said, adding he works as an excavator.

The assailant then left the scene and drove to Hillside Liquors, at 19107 Keep Tryst Road in Knoxville, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.

Officers were called to the liquor store for a report of shots around 12:13 a.m.

When they arrived, they found John Collin Smith, 38, of Burkittsville, Md., shot in the lower right leg, police said.

Smith was taken to Washington County Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition Sunday, a supervisor said.

Deputies said Ramsburg, Smith and another man had been in a dispute in Frederick County hours before the shootings.

Smith told deputies the assailant pulled into the parking lot of the liquor store, where he and other people were parked.

The man then shot Smith in the leg and fled, deputies said.

The assailant drove back toward Frederick County along the same route - Mountain Church Road - where Ebner was still talking with police about the first shooting.

Ebner saw him and identified the truck and driver, deputies said.

Deputies pursued the driver and apprehended him on Mountain Church Road.

Ramsburg faces charges in Washington and Frederick counties.

In Washington County, he is charged with attempted first-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a deadly weapon with intent to injure and malicious destruction of property.

In Frederick County, Ramsburg is charged with first-degree assault, attempted murder, reckless endangerment, destruction of property, use of a weapon in the commission of a crime and driving while intoxicated.

Deputies were continuing their investigation Sunday evening.

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