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Man charged with trying to murder 3 in Hagerstown

December 16, 2000

Man charged with trying to murder 3 in Hagerstown



By JULIE E. GREENE and SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writers


A Hagerstown man has been charged with three counts of attempted murder in connection with a Friday night shooting incident. A Hagerstown woman was injured, but the gun involved misfired when it was aimed at two other people, Hagerstown City Police said.

Oranda Yvette Caldwell, 39, was in serious condition Saturday night at Washington County Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Caldwell received two gunshot wounds, police said.

Carden Elson Young, 53, of 27 E. Lee St., was charged with three counts each of attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, police said. Young was being held at the Washington County Detention Center Saturday night without bond.

It appears the shooting was a "domestic-oriented assault," said Lt. Gary Spielman.

Young and Caldwell, who live together, got into an argument while traveling in a van in the first block of North Locust Street, police said. Also in the van were three of Caldwell's family members - a 20-year-old woman, a 29-year-old woman and that woman's son, who is 9.

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Caldwell was shot in the arm and leg after she stopped the van and got out and began walking south, police said.

The 29-year-old woman, who police would not identify, had gotten out of the van and was trying to calm Young, Det. Patricia Moulton said. As she backed away from the shooter, the woman stumbled over her son behind her.

When the shooter approached the woman and her son and pointed the gun, she shielded the boy as the gun misfired, Moulton said.

A witness flagged down a police officer on East Franklin Street around 6:45 p.m., police said.

The accused shooter was found, holding a handgun, as he ran through a newly constructed City of Hagerstown parking lot in the first block of East Washington Street, police said.

The suspect was arrested after surrendering the firearm, police said.

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