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Police seek driver involved in I-81 shooting incident

May 09, 2001

Police seek driver involved in I-81 shooting incident



Maryland State Police were on the lookout for the driver of a Lincoln Navigator believed to have been involved in a shooting incident on Interstate 81 Tuesday morning.

Police said someone in a sport-utility vehicle fired at least one shot into a Mazda van, causing the van to careen from the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 and overturn just south of Maugans Avenue.

The vehicle containing the shooter was believed to be a black or dark-colored Lincoln Navigator which stopped briefly after the 4:21 a.m. incident and then fled, according to witness accounts.

Trooper 1st Class Scott Bare said he found one bullet hole in the back of the van when he arrived at the scene.

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Police who responded to a 911 call said they found three of the minivan's passengers behind a fence and one running along the highway. The fifth passenger turned up several hours later at a local business after making a call to New York from a Hagerstown telephone booth, police said.

Police found a duffel bag containing an undetermined amount of cash near the phone booth, police said. A woman came to the phone booth later and told police she was responding to a telephone call. She denied any knowledge of the money, police said.

Abdul Brooks, 31, Sharae Marie Frazier, 27, and Thelma Pabon, 30, all of Bronx, N.Y., were treated at Washington County Hospital and released, a spokeswoman said. Stan Jones, 27, of Bronx, N.Y. was also taken to Washington County Hospital along with a 17-year-old male. Their conditions were unavailable Tuesday evening.

The driver, a North Carolina man, had a dislocated hip.

The Lincoln Navigator was last seen on I-81.

The wreck occurred off the road so traffic was affected only slightly, police said.

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