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Police probe alleged shooting

October 17, 2000

Police probe alleged shooting



A Virginia man was treated for a gunshot wound in the left forearm Tuesday morning at Washington County Hospital and released, just hours after Maryland State Police began sorting out how the shooting occurred.

Anthony David Collins came into the Sheetz at Md. 66 and U.S. 40 at 3:55 a.m. claiming he'd been shot. An employee called 911.

Later at the hospital, Collins, 25, of Lawrenceville, Va., told Trooper First Class Mike Kretzer that he was walking on North Colonial Drive around 3:30 a.m. heading toward the 7-Eleven Store when he was approached by a vehicle.

Collins said three men in the vehicle told him they'd drive him so he got in, Kretzer said.

The men drove past the 7-Eleven but said they would take him to the Sheetz at Md. 66 and U.S. 40, Kretzer said.

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Before they arrived at the store, the vehicle pulled over and the three men got out, supposedly to go to the bathroom, Collins told Kretzer.

While they were out, Collins, who is black, said he heard a racial slur directed at him, Kretzer said.

"When he turned around, he said there was a handgun in his face," Kretzer said. "He said the first shot didn't go off, the second went by his ear and the third went through his forearm as he put his arm up."

Kretzer said Collins, who was staying with friends at 102 Colonial Drive in Hagerstown, described his three assailants as white with slender builds. One had long hair while another had bushy eyebrows.

Collins told Kretzer the car was a dark-colored Honda.

A car closely matching that description was found in the West End a few hours later and was being checked to see if it was the same vehicle.

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