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Shooting, stabbing keep city police busy

September 11, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

Police had their hands full in the city Wednesday afternoon, responding to separate shooting and stabbing incidents reported within five minutes of each other.

Hagerstown City Police officers rushed to 912 Pennsylvania Ave. at 1:44 p.m. Wednesday after receiving reports of gunshots at the residence, police said. When officers arrived, they found a 30-year-old man, whom police later identified as Ron Wilson, with a gunshot wound to the hand, a police news release said.

At 1:48 p.m., police received reports that a man was stabbed at 1049 A Noland Village. Investigators believe the incident may have occurred as fallout of an earlier, less-serious altercation between school-aged children at a bus stop, police said.

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In the shooting incident, police said a man entered the basement at 912 Pennsylvania Ave. and confronted Wilson with a handgun. Witnesses described the assailant as a thin, 5-foot, 9-inch black man in his early 20s, according to police. Witnesses said the man had thick, corn-row-styled hair and wore a light-colored shirt and blue jeans.

Community Rescue Service personnel began treating Wilson on the side steps of the house. Wilson, whose hand was heavily bandaged, had a cut near the left eye. The lower portion of his pants and the chest area of his shirt were torn.

Wilson limped heavily, without assistance, to the ambulance at 2:15 p.m.

Police said he was taken to Washington County Hospital where he was treated and released.

Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith said a man matching the description of the gunman was stopped on Prospect Street shortly after the incident. Wilson said the man was not the shooter, Smith said.

Meanwhile, at the Noland Village housing development, police said a 20-year-old man suffered a wound to his upper arm after he tried to break up a fight between several people. Police identified the victim as Troy Lopez.

Police said the stabbing followed an altercation between elementary and middle school students at a bus stop on Noland Drive. Lopez is an older brother of one of the children involved in the bus stop dispute earlier Wednesday, according to police.

Police said a parent of one of the children involved in the original altercation went to the home of another child's parent prior to the stabbing.

Police described the assailant as a 5-foot, 5-inch, 115-pound black man in his early 20s. Police said the man was wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers and may have left the area in a silver or gray Oldsmobile Cutlass or similar-style vehicle.

Several residents of Court 6 declined to be interviewed. One resident, who declined to identify herself, said she called 911 because she saw "this child bleeding."

Staff writer Laura Ernde contributed to this story.

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