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Man sought in downtown shooting

July 12, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

gregs@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown City Police are looking to the public for help in finding a city man they believe was involved in a downtown shooting in June.

Marcus Jarod Chestnut, 19, whose last known address was 129 E. Franklin St., Apartment 2, was charged this week in an arrest warrant with three counts of attempted first-degree murder. The warrant also lists related conspiracy charges, assault and handgun charges, Lt. Rick Johnson said.

Kelvin Lashawn Baker, 24, of Jonathan Street, and Melissa Lynn Emilcar, 29, of West Washington Street, were wounded in the June 24 shooting, which occurred about 9:27 p.m.

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Johnson said police arrested a 14-year-old boy they believe to be connected to the shooting several days later. The boy is being held on unrelated charges in a detention facility.

With the warrant, police released more information they had learned since the investigation began.

Johnson said that, according to witnesses and victims, Baker, Emilcar and another man were standing on the east side of the 100 block of Franklin Street when two men and a youth approached from the south side of the street.

There was a brief argument, Johnson said. A witness heard someone say "go get my slammy" - a street name for handguns - and then Chestnut, who was identified through a photo array, allegedly pulled a gun and began shooting, Johnson said.

Police describe Chestnut as black, 5 feet, 10 inches and 125 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Johnson said police are still looking for a third person who was involved in the shooting.

That man was described as black, between 18 and 21 years old, with a medium complexion and short hair, between 6 feet and 6 feet, 2 inches and with a thin build. Police believe he was a wearing cream-colored, button-down shirt with a black shirt underneath.

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