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Police link vehicle to shooting

October 30, 2000

Police link vehicle to shooting



Maryland State Police believe anyone who saw a car abandoned in the West End two weeks ago could have information vital to a shooting investigation.

At 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, a blue 1995 Honda Accord station wagon was left in the parking lot of Richard's Restaurant on West Washington Street at Nottingham by three young men who were seen running away.

The car matched the description given by the victim of an earlier shooting incident who told police he was picked up by three young men and then assaulted.

Anthony David Collins was treated for a gunshot wound in the left forearm at Washington County Hospital and released, just hours after Trooper First Class Mike Kretzer began sorting out how the shooting occurred.

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Collins came into the Sheetz Store at Md. 66 and U.S. 40 at 3:55 a.m. on Oct. 17 claiming he'd been shot. An employee called 911.

Collins, 25, of Lawrenceville, Va., told 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.

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

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

When Collins responded to hearing a racial slur directed at him, he turned around and said there was a handgun in his face.

He told Kretzer a shot was fired that went through his forearm as he put his arm up.

Kretzer said Collins, who had been 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.

Anyone with information may contact state police at 301-739-2101.

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