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Police seek information in shooting

June 27, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

gregs@herald-mail.com

After the first full day of hunting down leads in Tuesday night's double-shooting on East Franklin Street, Hagerstown City Police were battling several investigative problems in tracking down the three people believed involved in the shooting, Hagerstown's chief investigator said this morning.

"Some of the people that we've interviewed have been less than forthcoming," Lt. Rick Johnson said. "That's creating some problems."

Kelvin Lashawn Baker, 24, of the 300 block of Jonathan Street and Melissa Lynn Emilcar, 29, of the 800 block of W. Washington Street, were wounded in the shooting at 9:27 p.m. Tuesday.

Baker was admitted to Washington County Hospital with a lung injury, police said. He was listed in fair condition Thursday.

Emilcar, who was shot in the leg, was treated at Washington County Hospital and released, police said.

Police are looking for two men and a teenage boy who may have been involved in the shooting, but no arrests had been made, Johnson said.

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Johnson didn't say how many witnesses had been interviewed, but when police arrived at the shooting scene in front of 127 E. Franklin St. Tuesday night, several dozen people had gathered.

While he said it didn't appear that witnesses were being intentionally misleading, the ones with whom police have spoken gave differing accounts, and there appeared to be others who may have been at the shooting, but left before police arrived.

"Any investigation is similar to a puzzle where you're putting pieces together, which is what we're doing right now," Johnson said.

By Thursday morning, Emilcar had been interviewed twice, but police were waiting for doctors' permission to speak with Baker, Johnson said.

Johnson asked that anyone with information about the shooting call police at headquarters, 301-790-3700, or Washington County Crime Solvers, 301-733-4141. He said callers to either place can leave information anonymously.

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