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Two shot in Hagerstown were from N.Y.

September 09, 2000

Two shot in Hagerstown were from N.Y.



By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY / Staff Writer


Police have identified Johnny Graham of New York, N.Y., as one of the victims in a Friday night shooting in downtown Hagerstown.

Police responding to a report of gunshots fired found Graham, 29, and a 17-year-old, also from New York, lying on the sidewalk near Thelma's Store at the intersection of Jonathan Street and North Avenue, the Hagerstown Police Department said.

Graham was in serious condition Saturday at Washington County Hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The condition of the juvenile, who was shot in the ankle, was unavailable, the spokeswoman said.

Police on Saturday were searching for four black male suspects, two of whom exited a gray Honda Accord at about 9:20 p.m. and began firing shots at the victims, police said.

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The Honda had been reported stolen earlier Friday from the Ramada Inn in Hagerstown, police said.

Police investigating the scene found the car abandoned at the intersection of Charles and Potomac streets in Hagerstown, police said.

The victims said from the hospital Friday night that they had only recently arrived in Hagerstown and didn't know why anyone would shoot them, Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur R. Smith said.

The victims told Smith they were standing near Thelma's Store when the Accord pulled up in the 400 block of North Jonathan Street, police said.

As the vehicle stopped, the front and rear passengers - described as black males in their 20s - exited the Accord holding guns and began shooting in the direction of the victims, police said.

The shooters then re-entered the vehicle, which fled the area, police said.

The area in which the crime occurred is one of the "hot spots" designated by the state for additional crime-fighting funds.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information should contact the Hagerstown Police Department at 301-790-3700 ext. 234.

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