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At least 21 rounds fire in Pa. shooting, cops say

March 01, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

STATE LINE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police say at least 21 rounds were fired Saturday night in a shooting in the 1600 block of Mason-Dixon Road, but no injuries or property damage were reported.

Police have a good description of the suspect vehicle in the 9:19 p.m. incident and recovered 21 .223-caliber shell casings, according to Trooper Joseph Davidson.

The incident began when a white full-size Dodge Ram extended-cab pickup truck pulled up in front of the unidentified victim's home. The resident approached the vehicle, but it left the driveway. A short time later, the truck returned, this time with its lights off, Davidson said.

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A few shots were fired at that time, and the truck drove about 100 yards and more shots were fired, he said. The truck then fled west toward Williamsport Pike, Davidson said.

The victim's house was not hit by any bullets, nor were any other properties, Davidson said.

A neighbor and another man, however, got into another vehicle and tried to head off the fleeing Dodge Ram. Davidson said the driver of the pickup, which had Maryland tags, probably wanted to turn south onto Williamsport Pike, but was forced to turn north.

For about the next five hours, police on both sides of the Pennsylvania-Maryland border searched for the vehicle. Davidson said several roads were closed during the search and Maryland State Police from Hagerstown and the Washington County Sheriff's Department searched the area south of the border.

A Maryland State Police helicopter also was called in to assist with the search, Davidson said.

The victim told police two people were in the pickup. The driver was a white male, but there was no further description of him or the passenger, Davidson said.

The truck had a silver, diamond-pattern metal tool box in the bed and possibly had gray rocker panels along the bottom of the body, according to the victim's description. The body style of the Ram was manufactured between 1998 and 2001, Davidson said.

The license plate was the Chesapeake conservation-style tag with a blue background and a bird on one side, according to the victim's description.

Davidson said the weapon probably was a semiautomatic firearm, which fires off one round for each pull of the trigger, as opposed to a full-automatic weapon, which keeps firing as long as the trigger is depressed. The .223-caliber round is used in the M-16 and its civilian equivalent, the AR-15, as well as a number of other types of firearms.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or its occupants can call the Chambersburg barracks at 717-264-5161.

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