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City hospital worker gunshot victim

April 14, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

An emergency room employee at Washington County Hospital remained in a Baltimore trauma center Tuesday night, nearly a week after he was shot twice in an Anne Arundel County park.

A University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center spokeswoman said David Ward Brown was listed in critical condition there Tuesday evening.

Brown, 52, of Severn, Md., was taken for treatment after being shot in the arm and the chest at Provinces Park, about two miles from his home, on April 7, Anne Arundel County Police Department Lt. Joseph Jordan said. Jordan said Brown, formerly of Hagerstown, received non-life-threatening injuries.

Jordan said there was no suspect in the shooting for reasons including a vague description of the shooter from Brown.

"He wasn't able to provide a whole lot. That's one of the problems we're having," Jordan said.

On April 7 at about 3 p.m., officers from the department responded to the park, on Disney Road, after receiving reports that a man was shot while walking there, according to a department news release. Police said Brown drove himself home after being shot and then called 911.

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Investigators have yet to establish a motive for the shooting, police said.

A nursing supervisor at Washington County Hospital said Brown is an employee in the facility's emergency department.

Madge Brown, the victim's mother, said her son has been employed at the hospital since 1977 and lived in Hagerstown for more than a decade, though she could not recall the exact years he lived in the city.

Brown had been working recently as an emergency room medical technician, his mother said.

Madge Brown said doctors at the facility have told the family that her son is doing well, although he was not communicating when she visited on Saturday.

"Right now, he's pretty much out of it," she said. "He's sedated so much."

Madge Brown said the news that her son was shot was shocking.

"You know this happens to other families, but you never think it'll happen to yours," she said.

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