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Man wounded in robbery attempt

November 15, 1999

A man was shot in the leg after struggling with a robber outside his Hagerstown home Monday evening, Hagerstown City Police said.

Police said they were called to Washington County Hospital Monday evening for a report of a shooting victim.

Lambert Horton, 24, of 34 N. Locust St., was being treated in the emergency room for a gunshot wound to his upper left leg. His injuries were not considered life-threatening, police said.

Police said Horton was sitting in his car at the rear of his home around 6:30 p.m. when a man approached him and demanded money.

Horton was removing money from his wallet when the robber cocked his 9 mm handgun, police said.

Police said Horton attempted to grab the weapon and it went off.

Officers were checking the area Monday evening for the robber, who left on foot, police said.

The robber was described as a white man, 25 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds.

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He was wearing a dark shirt, blue jeans and a knit hat.

The shooting was the 10th in Hagerstown this year.

The investigation was continuing, police said.

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