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Attempted murder charges filed

December 09, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

laurae@herald-mail.com

A 17-year-old was charged with attempted murder Friday after a shooting incident in downtown Hagerstown, Hagerstown City Police said.

No one was hurt in the shooting, which occurred about 11:30 p.m. Thursday on North Locust Street between Washington and Franklin streets, police said.

Jovon Brian Lancaster of Burtonsville, Md., was charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and possession of a short-barreled shotgun, police said.

Police were called to the area Thursday night to investigate a report of shots being fired. Police saw a large group running away but found no victims or suspects.

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About 1 a.m., Rayna Kinnard, 24, called police to the 100 block of East Franklin Street to report an assault. She said she and two friends, Donta Otis Hopkins, 27, and Kevin Joseph Alexander, 20, were walking when they saw a group of men duck into an alley. One of the men said, "There they go," police said.

Kinnard and her friends turned and started walking away when they heard the gunshot, police said.

Kinnard told police she felt the round go by her face and hit a building, sending brick fragments into her face.

Police said the motive for the shooting was retaliation for a confrontation between the two groups earlier that night.

On further investigation, police found a 12-gauge shotgun with a sawed-off barrel, police said.

Lancaster was being held at the Hagerstown Police Department awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner Friday night.

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