SHARPSBURG - A passerby found a man with a gunshot wound to the chest lying in a parking area at Antietam National Battlefield Thursday evening, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.
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The man, who hadn't been identified by late Thursday, died on the way to Washington County Hospital, according to deputies.
The man may have been a tourist, deputies said. A park ranger told police he didn't recognize him as being a battlefield employee.
Deputies said they were trying to determine whether the death was a suicide or homicide.
Sharpsburg Area Emergency Medical Service Paramedic Shawn McCoy said a passerby found the man lying on a paved parking area off Md. 34 and drove to the Sharpsburg Area EMS building to get help.
McCoy said the man was in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived at about 8 p.m. The gunshot wound was near his heart and the man also had "multiple penetrating wounds to his chest," said McCoy.