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Dog shot during apparent burglary attempt in city

August 23, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

Sunday evening marked the third night in August that shots rang out in Hagerstown.

This time two shootings were reported in just more than one hour, including one that police said they believe was a burglary gone bad.

At about 10:40 p.m., a shooting was reported at a residence on Alexander Street, a 911 dispatcher said. A woman there reported that a man shot a dog inside her residence, the dispatcher said.

Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Mark E. Renner said several shots were fired inside 43 Alexander St. Renner said a Rottweiler was shot in the chest, apparently while trying to protect a woman and two young children in the house.

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Renner said a preliminary investigation indicated the incident was the result of a botched robbery attempt.

The woman, who was not identified late Sunday, was taken to Washington County Hospital following the incident, although she was not struck by a bullet, Renner said.

A neighbor drove the dog, which was able to walk on its own to a waiting pickup truck, to Park Circle Animal Hospital, Renner said.

"It looked like it was going to be alright," he said.

Renner said Detective Casey Yonkers from the department's Criminal Investigation Division, would be the lead investigator on the case. He arrived at the scene at 11:20 p.m.

A neighbor, who declined to give her name because she feared retribution from the shooter, said she heard a loud bang and then saw a man drive off quickly in a red car. The woman said she did not know shots were fired until she left her residence.

About an hour earlier, a shooting was reported in the Noland Village housing development.

That shooting was reported at about 9:36 p.m., a Washington County 911 dispatcher said.

Renner said that following an argument with his ex-girlfriend, a man fired one shot into the air in Court 7 of the development.

Robert F. Reed Jr. 44, whose address was unknown Sunday, was charged with reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm within city limits, Renner said.

He said a shotgun was retrieved at the scene.

No further information was available late Sunday, he said.

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