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Victim of Friday shooting faces an unrelated charge

February 14, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD and MARLO BARNHART

The victim of Friday morning's shooting in front of the New Vision Sports Lounge on Jonathan Street in Hagerstown was released from the hospital later in the day, then was taken into police custody on an unrelated assault charge.

Jemel Sequan Crumes, 29, whose last known address is 56 Christopher Court in Martinsburg, W.Va., was released on personal recognizance Friday afternoon after an appearance before Washington County District Court Commissioner Timothy Haven.

The charge of second-degree assault stemmed from an incident at Sheetz at the intersection of East Washington Street and South Cannon Avenue on Aug. 31, Haven said. Hagerstown City Police investigated that incident and issued a warrant for Crumes' arrest on Sept. 8, Haven said.

In Friday's shooting, police still are looking for a black man who allegedly shot Crumes in the left shoulder around 1:25 a.m. Friday and then fled the scene.

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Lt. Richard Johnson said the owner of the bar called police at around 1:25 a.m. to say that trouble was brewing among a group of people gathered on the street outside his bar in the 300 block of Jonathan Street.

When police arrived, they saw the group gathered, heard a gunshot and then saw the crowd scatter, some running into cars parked near the scene, Johnson said.

After the gunshot, Crumes ran back into the bar, where he collapsed on the floor, Johnson said. Crumes was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment of his wound.

Even though there were a number of people who witnessed the shooting, all ran away or into cars once they saw police, Johnson said.

Anyone who has information about the shooting is asked to call 301-790-3700, ext. 234, or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

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