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Man shot, suspect sought

April 21, 2000|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

The Hagerstown Police Department is investigating the shooting of a man at the Washington Gardens apartment complex in Hagerstown Friday evening, Lt. Margaret Kline said.

The shooting was reported about 5:20 p.m.

Police found Thundarr Jay Bentley, 19, of no fixed address, lying on the sidewalk in front of 1018 Security Road, a middle building in a row of apartment buildings at the back of the low-income housing complex, Kline said.

Members of Community Rescue Service were attending to him, she said.

A preliminary investigation determined Bentley has been shot and that the shooter fled into an adjacent wooded area, Kline said.

K-9 and human officers searched the woods but didn't find a suspect.

As of late Friday, police had "incomplete" information and no suspects in custody, she said.

Bentley was taken to Washington County Hospital, where he was admitted for injuries that were not life-threatening, Kline said.

He was still being treated and evaluated as of late Friday and no condition was available, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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People were still investigating the circumstances of the shooting, including whether it took place inside or outside, Kline said.

There was blood on the sidewalk in front of the breezeway between the 1018 and 1020 buildings.

More than an hour after the shooting, Selena Turner anxiously waited outside the yellow police tape in front of her friend's apartment in 1020 while officers searched the grounds and questioned residents standing outside.

Police were there when she arrived to pick up her friend to take her to go get a haircut, she said. Police were inside talking to her friend and wouldn't allow her in.

Turner said she was surprised to learn there was a shooting.

"It's subsidized housing, but it's one of the nicer places," said Turner, 21, of Hagerstown, who said she used to live at the complex with her mother and still visits regularly.

As dusk approached, the parking lot between the buildings and the woods was still filled with black and white Hagerstown Police cruisers.

A throng of onlookers from neighboring buildings stood out of the way but in watching distance.

One of them, a 21-year-old mother of one who lives in the group of buildings across from where the shooting occurred, said she has lived in the complex for about three years and can't remember anything like the shooting happening before.

"It kind of worries me because I have a little girl and she's outside all the time. There's just too many little kids out here for people to do this crazy stuff," she said.

She said she thinks there's a problem with some of the younger single mothers who, living on their own for the first time, have parties in their apartments.

They forget they're living in the complex to make a better life for their children, the woman said.

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