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Man shot at Pa. car wash

January 20, 2003

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police were investigating a shooting Friday evening at a car wash in the first block of Brumbaugh Street in which an unidentified man was struck while he was backing his Jeep Grand Cherokee out of a bay after he washed the vehicle.

The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m.

Chambersburg Police Detective Sgt. Diane Kelso said Friday night she would issue a press release about the incident but would not comment until then. She would not release the names of the victim or the suspected shooter.

The victim - a man, according to neighbors who came to his aid - was not identified nor was a suspect.

Police officers were milling around a small, blue Cape Cod house across the street from the car wash. Yellow police tape had been strung around the home.

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Steve Shepard, who lives across the street from the car wash at 56 Brumbaugh St., which runs between Lincoln Way East and McKinley Avenue, said he was outside talking to his neighbor, Lyle Barnes, when the two heard a gunshot.

"We saw the Jeep backing out of the bay when it stopped abruptly. The driver got out and stumbled. He was yelling, 'Help me. Help me'," Shepard said.

Shepard and Barnes told Barnes' wife to call 911 and they went over to help the man.

"We didn't know what was wrong with him," Shepard said. "He was holding his side then his knees buckled."

Shepard and Barnes laid the man down in the back of his Jeep and looked for a wound.

"We couldn't find a hole or blood anywhere at first. Then we saw the wound on the back of his right shoulder," Shepard said.

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