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Teenager charged in shooting

May 29, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

Within minutes of a shooting Tuesday afternoon at the Washington Garden Apartments on Security Road, a teenager was in custody, Hagerstown City Police said.

The 1:45 p.m. shooting sent Marvin Eugene Moyer, 31, of 950B Security Road, to Washington County Hospital with a gunshot wound to his upper left thigh.

At 2:25 p.m., Charles E. Kelley, 17, of 980A Security Road, was pulled over on Wesel Boulevard by Cpl. Roy Harsh and Deputy 1st Class Brad Creek, both of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

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By late afternoon, Kelley had been charged as an adult with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and three handgun violations, police said.

Kelley was being held without bond Tuesday night at the Washington County Detention Center.

Lt. Rick Johnson said Kelley and Moyer apparently were involved in an argument three weeks ago, and that escalated Tuesday afternoon into the shooting on the steps outside 950B Security Road.

"Moyer was taking a cat litter box to the Dumpster Tuesday afternoon when Kelley yelled at him," Johnson said. "When Moyer turned to look at Kelley," he said a handgun was pointed at him, Johnson alleged.

Moyer was running to get away when the shots were fired, Johnson said.

"We believe at least four shots were fired at Moyer from a handgun," Johnson said. Detectives and forensic investigators were looking for spent shells and other evidence Tuesday afternoon.

Blood could be seen on the sidewalk outside the entrance to the apartment building.

Police said Moyer made the call to 911 himself, telling dispatchers he'd been shot in the leg.

Community Rescue Service personnel and police found Moyer outside with a leg wound.

Johnson said the wound was a flesh wound, high on Moyer's left thigh.

Moyer was admitted to Washington County Hospital, a nursing supervisor said. He was listed in stable condition Tuesday night.

Johnson said police recovered a .38-caliber revolver.

Police questioned a woman at the scene of the shooting, who said she was Moyer's girlfriend, Kerri Sasse. Later Tuesday afternoon, Sasse, 26, went to police headquarters and spoke with Detective George Brandt.

In the lobby, Sasse said she was present when the argument erupted into gunfire.

"I just keep seeing it in my head," Sasse said.

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