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Warrant is issued in Tuesday shooting

July 10, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown City Police issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for a Brooklyn, N.Y., man in connection with a Tuesday night shooting on Pennsylvania Avenue.

James Clayton Chandler is charged with attempted second-degree murder, police said. He is charged in an incident in which shots were fired at a 20-year-old Hagerstown man.

Police said a shooting was reported at 11:55 p.m. in an alley in the 900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. Justin Mitchell, of Hagerstown, told police he encountered two men at the rear of a nearby residence he was visiting, according to a prepared release from police.

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Police said the two men ran toward Park Lane with Mitchell chasing behind them.

Mitchell told police one of the men, who he alleged was Chandler, fired two shots at him from what sounded like a small-caliber handgun, police said. Both shots missed Mitchell, with one striking an adjacent garage, police said.

City police and the Maryland State Police K-9 unit were unable to locate either of the men, police said.

Chandler has been charged with attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a deadly weapon with intent to injure, use of a handgun in a violent crime, discharging a firearm within city limits, illegal possession of a regulated firearm and firearm possession by a convicted felon, according to police.

Chandler was sentenced to three years in prison in October 2000 after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, according to court records.

Lt. Rick Johnson said investigators were trying to identify a second man believed to have been present at the time of the shooting.

The Hagerstown Criminal Investigation Division asks that anyone with information concerning the shooting call 301-790-3700, ext. 234.

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