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Search on for shooter, details in bar incident

September 10, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - The gunman who disrupted a family gathering that followed a funeral remained at large Thursday and the man he shot was released from an area hospital, a Hagerstown Police Department sergeant said.

Wednesday night's shooting was the fourth in the North Jonathan Street area this year despite the presence of surveillance cameras designed to deter serious crime.

Primas T. Revels, 20, who has ties to New York and North Carolina, was wounded in the shoulder in the shooting outside the New Visions Sports Lounge on Wednesday at about 10:22 p.m., Sgt. Curt Wood said.

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Revels was running from the area when he was struck by the bullet, Wood said.

Revels was treated at Washington County Hospital and released early Thursday, Wood said.

Investigators were not sure if Revels was a family member or friend of those who were mourning at the bar in the 300 block of North Jonathan Street following the funeral of James. E. "Tebe" Campbell.

Campbell was the father of the bar's owner, Eric Campbell.

Police said a member of Campbell's family was involved in a fight at the bar in the minutes before the shooting, Wood said.

Wood said the investigation progressed slowly Thursday because people who were at the bar, including staff, were reluctant to provide information.

Members of the Campbell family could not be reached by telephone Thursday for comment.

Wednesday's shooting was the second outside the New Vision Sports Lounge this year.

On Feb. 13, the owner of the sports lounge called police to tell them that trouble was brewing among a group gathered outside, police said. As officers approached, they saw a large group of people, heard a gunshot and watched as the people ran into cars or away from the bar, police said.

One man was wounded in the left shoulder in that incident, police said.

Jamal Lawson, 27, whose last known address was 310 N. Cannon Ave. in Hagerstown, was charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and several related charges in that shooting, according to court records.

Lawson, who is also known as Jaquan James, Tyrone Parker and "Blast," is awaiting trial.

There were two shootings within a block of North Jonathan Street in August.

The first was reported in Warham Alley on Aug. 4.

A New York City man was wounded when a man got out of a car in an alley and fired at him several times with a .45-caliber handgun, police said. The victim, who was struck in the foot, was released from Washington County Hospital the next day.

A man police alleged was the driver of the car was arrested within minutes, police have said.

Police charged Rasheen N. Henry, 24, of 464 Mitchell Ave. in Hagerstown, with accessory after the fact to attempted second-degree murder, handgun in vehicle and two counts of second-degree assault, according to court records released Wednesday.

On Thursday, Washington County District Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. at a preliminary hearing found probable cause to advance to Circuit Court all four counts against Henry, according to court records.

On Aug. 5, at least four shots were fired in the 400 block of Park Place during an altercation in the street, within feet of a children's playground and basketball court. Police said no one was injured in the shooting although two houses were struck by bullets.

Wood said Thursday that investigations into the August shootings were ongoing.

Wood was unable to release information Thursday on the total number of shootings in the city in 2004.

Wood said he believes surveillance cameras "will play a major part" in identifying Wednesday's shooter.

The shooting, in front of the bar's front door, occurred within 30 feet of one of the cameras.

Wood said it was not surprising that there has been more crime during the second year of the cameras' operation because many offenders either do not believe they are used by police or are from other areas, especially New York City.

"People will wonder if they're still working. They might test them a bit," Wood said. "I could tell you there's a camera in your house, and, eventually, you'll get comfortable and do something you're not supposed to in front of it."

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