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Man charged in shooting

January 27, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with an incident late Monday in the city's West End, according to court records.

Scott A. Keller, 20, of 420 E. Baltimore St., was charged with three counts each of attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment, and one count of firing a weapon within city limits, records state.

During a hearing Wednesday, Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II set bond for Keller at $250,000, records state. He was being held Wednesday at the Washington County Detention Center, a detention center spokesman said.

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The Hagerstown Police Department alleges that Keller, after an argument with his girlfriend, Danielle Smoot, at her home in the 1100 block of West Washington Street, fired a gun at least three times in the direction of Smoot, Timothy B. Scott and Scott A. Wagner. Police allege at least two of the shots were fired while Keller was running down an embankment toward the three.

No serious injuries were reported in the incident, according to police.

Police said the case was reviewed by Washington County State's Attorney's Office Violent Crimes Prosecutor Viki Pauler, who suggested the attempted second-degree murder and assault charges be filed.

Lt. Michael King said Keller turned himself in to police Tuesday. Keller did not wish to speak to detectives about the incident at that time, records stated.

"All I know right now is that it was a domestic incident between and boyfriend and a girlfriend," King said.

King said officers were investigating at the scene of the shooting Wednesday. He declined to provide additional comments.

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