Man shot dead on Jonathan Street

The suspect in the Jonathan Street homicide has been identified as Karim Ali Ward of Frederick, Md.

The suspect in the Jonathan Street homicide has been identified as Karim Ali Ward of Frederick, Md.

December 16, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

HAGERSTOWN - A shooting early Saturday morning on Jonathan Street left a New Jersey man dead and police searching for a suspect who was seen fleeing on foot, Hagerstown Police said.

The victim was identified as Anthony Wallace, 28, of 120 Monmouth Ave., Building D, Apt. #2, Asbury Park, N.J.

An autopsy performed Saturday by the state Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore confirmed Wallace died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police received a call at 3:38 a.m. reporting shots had been fired on Jonathan Street near the intersection with Charles Street. When officers arrived at the scene, they found Wallace lying in the road.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Wallace was standing in the street when he was shot.

Police were searching for a Frederick, Md., man who has been charged in connection with the murder.

Karim Ali Ward, 27, of 1725 Springhouse Court, was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and carrying a handgun, police said.


Anyone who knows Ward's whereabouts is asked to call police at 301-790-3700.

Ward was described as a black male, 6 feet to 6 feet, 2 inches tall, with medium complexion and shoulder-length hair in braids. He was wearing dark clothing, including a puffy jacket and possibly a vest.

He left the scene on foot and headed east, police said.

A dark-colored Toyota or Nissan sedan was seen in the area, but police didn't know if it had any connection to the shooting.

The area where the shooting occurred has been designated as a "hot spot," an area to which police pay particular attention because of the potential for problems, Hagerstown Mayor William Breichner said Saturday.

"There are a lot of good people in that area," he said. "It's too bad it happened."

Carolyn Brooks, coordinator of the city's HotSpot program, said criminal activity has been down in that section. Police are keeping up with patrols.

"This could be an isolated incident, but it's always unsettling," Brooks said.

Brooks said the area is scheduled to receive surveillance cameras that will monitor activity 24 hours a day. She said similar cameras are in use in sections of Frederick city.

The cameras would have covered the area of Saturday's shooting if they had been installed, she said.

It was the second shooting death in Washington County this year.

In November, Charles Leatherman, 33, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the May shooting death of his brother, Ian, 22, at their Halfway home following an argument.

Staff writer Laura Ernde contributed to this story.

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