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Shooting leaves two injured

September 08, 2000

Shooting leaves two injured



By DON WORTHINGTON / Staff Writer


Two New York City residents who just recently arrived in Hagerstown were shot in the 400 block of North Jonathan Street about 9:20 p.m. Friday, Hagerstown Police said.

Area residents reported hearing multiple gunshots, describing them as "a lot of firecrackers lit all at one time."

The victims, who were taken to Washington County Hospital, did not have life-threatening injuries, Hagerstown Police Sgt. David Long said.

Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur R. Smith did not know if the shooting was drug-related, but said it may be related to the drug culture.

The area in which the shooting occurred is an open-air drug market and one of the "hot spots" designated by the state for additional drug fighting funds, Long said.

Smith, interviewed by telephone at the hospital's emergency room, said the victims were a 29-year-old male and a 17-year-old male. The older victim suffered one or two leg wounds and the younger victim was shot in the ankle, Smith said.

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No names were released because family members had not been notified, Smith said.

"They said they had no idea why anyone would shoot them. They don't know anyone here and they've only been here a couple of days," Smith said of his conversation with the victims.

Reports made to Hagerstown police dispatchers indicated as many as four suspects fled the scene in a late 1980s Blue Honda Accord.

Smith confirmed the Honda was the vehicle used in the shooting. He said police believe there were one or possibly two shooters.

Police were observed collecting shell casings from the parking lot of a grocery on the corner of North Jonathan and East North streets.

Long said police were working the crime scene for evidence and were trying to interview any witnesses.

"So far no witnesses have come forward," Long said.

Bullets had shattered the glass of a red Dodge Neon parked along Jonathan Street. Residents said the car belonged to the father of one of the residents and was not involved in the shooting.

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