Man shot outside city club

September 09, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

HAGERSTOWN - A man was shot at close range late Wednesday at a Hagerstown bar where members of the bar owner's family were mourning the loss of one of their own.

The victim, whose identity was not released by authorities, was shot outside New Visions Sports Lounge in the 300 block of North Jonathan Street at about 10:22 p.m., Hagerstown Police Sgt. Curt Wood said.

Wood, who reviewed a surveillance video taken within 30 feet of the shooting, said the shooter pointed the gun at the victim's torso and fired.


"It was pandemonium - People went running in all directions," Wood said.

Wood said he did not know the extent of the victim's injuries or his condition.

The shooter was described as a black man, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 150 to 160 pounds, with black hair and black clothing, Wood said.

Wood said the victim was at the bar with several grieving family members and friends following a funeral. The bar's owner is Eric D. Campbell, son of James E. "Tebe" Campbell Sr., 77, who died Friday, Wood and several people at the scene said.

Two women who ran from a nearby residence toward the bar as word of the shooting spread screamed "No, no," with tears in their eyes.

Minutes later, the shirtless victim was taken out of the bar on a stretcher. He was alert, talking and waving his arms as he was placed in an ambulance.

Gladys McGee, who said she was a family member, said the bar's staff has tried to keep violence from disrupting their business in the past.

"People don't appreciate that bar," McGee said. "This is not the first time."

Melony Cecil, who said she is a longtime patron and a friend of the Campbell family, struggled to understand how someone could disrupt a family's mourning. Cecil said family members and friends had been together Wednesday since funeral services began about noon.

"It just doesn't make sense - Doesn't anyone have respect anymore," Cecil said. "He was just trying to play some music to get by. He (Eric) said 'This is what my father would want.'"

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