Man wanted in shooting at large

A N.J. man died Saturday of gunshot wounds suffered on Jonathan Street.

A N.J. man died Saturday of gunshot wounds suffered on Jonathan Street.

December 16, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART


HAGERSTOWN - As area police continue to search for the man accused in Saturday morning's fatal shooting on Jonathan Street, the victim's family in New Jersey is trying to understand why Carl Anthony Wallace was gunned down more than 150 miles from home.

"Of all that could have happened to Carl in Asbury Park, it had to happen to him down in Maryland," an older brother told Asbury Park Press reporter Mike Clancy Sunday afternoon.

Clancy said Cecil Wallace told him his brother was known as "Scooter" to his 14 siblings and close friends in Asbury Park, a beach community on the Jersey shore.


A construction worker when he lived in New Jersey, Carl Wallace had just moved to Hagerstown six weeks ago to be with a girlfriend, family members told Clancy Sunday afternoon.

"Our detectives have been in contact with the victim's mother and a sister," said Lt. Rick Johnson Sunday night as the investigation continued.

Wallace, 28, died of multiple gunshot wounds. He last lived at 120 Monmouth Ave., Building D, Apt. No. 2, Asbury Park.

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.

In the meantime, police are still 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.

Ward was still at large Sunday night. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 301-790-3700.

Ward was described as a black male between 6 feet and 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.

This 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.

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