Suspect sought in shooting at apartments

April 22, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Hagerstown Police on Saturday were seeking a 20-year-old man in connection with a Friday afternoon shooting at Washington Gardens Apartments on Security Road.

Police said the shooting may have been accidental.

Police reported Saturday they are seeking James Clayton Chandler, no fixed address, in connection with the shooting. A warrant was issued charging Chandler with second degree assault, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm in city limits, police reported.

Chandler is sought in connection with the shooting of Thundarr James Bentley, 19, no fixed address. Hagerstown Detective Carroll Braun said the shooting appears to have been accidental.

Braun said Bentley's injuries were not life-threatening.

Police did not know whether Bentley had been released from Washington County Hospital Saturday. A hospital spokesperson would not release any information about Bentley.


The shooting was reported at 5:20 p.m. Friday.

Police found Bentley 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, according to police.

Members of Community Rescue Service were attending to Bentley when police arrived.

A preliminary investigation determined the shooter fled into an adjacent wooded area. Police officers and dogs searched the woods but didn't find a suspect Friday night.

Police described Chandler as a black male, 5-feet 11 inches tall, and weighing 170 pounds.

Anyone with information about the incident or Chandler's whereabouts may contact Hagerstown police at 301-790-3700.

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