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Man charged in murder attempt

April 19, 2000|By MARLO BARNHART

Nearly two years after a Lancaster, Pa., man was wounded on Rubbie Avenue, Hagerstown City Police have made an arrest.

James Whitfield, also known as Eddie Whitefield, was being held in the Franklin County Prison near Chambersburg, Pa., Tuesday, awaiting trial on drug charges.

Whitfield, 28, of 44 S. Church St., Waynesboro, Pa., has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and unlawful use of a handgun on May 5, 1998, Hagerstown City Police said.

Hagerstown police have placed a detainer on Whitfield to assure he won't be released in Pennsylvania instead of being returned to Washington County.

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Kevin Leon Major, then 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 that runs behind rows of public housing units.

He had been shot in the back.

At the time, Major was able to give only a limited description of the attacker, police said.

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

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

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.

Major spent several days in Washington County Hospital recuperating from his gunshot wounds.

Shortly after the shooting, police learned that Major had a drug history in Lancaster, and learned he is a native of New York.

A gun and holster were found in the vicinity of the shooting, police said.

Police on Tuesday were unable to verify that gun was the weapon used to shoot Major.

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