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Man wanted in shooting still at large

January 02, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Still at large more than two weeks after a fatal shooting in Hagerstown, Karim Ali Ward is this week's most wanted fugitive, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Police received a call at 3:38 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, reporting shots had been fired on Jonathan Street near the intersection with Charles Street. When officers arrived, they found Carl Anthony Wallace lying in the road.

Wallace, 28, of Asbury Park, N.J., died of multiple gunshot wounds in the shooting, police said.

Ward, whose last known address was 1725 Springhouse Court, Frederick, Md., has been charged with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and carrying a handgun, police said.

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Ward, 27, was described as a black male between 6 feet and 6-feet-2 inches tall, with medium complexion and shoulder-length hair in braids. At the time of the shooting, he was wearing dark clothing, including a puffy jacket and possibly a vest.

In the days following the shooting, police lodged charges against Ward in connection with an unrelated incident at the J Street Bar and Grill Sept. 1.

In that case, Ward allegedly got into a fight with a Virginia man over a game of pool. During the argument, police allege, he swung a pool cue at the man, hitting him twice in the nose and mouth.

The new charges are one count each of first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

On Dec. 21, Ward was highlighted on "America's Most Wanted" on the Fox Television Network.

Anyone with information, may call police at 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

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