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Police seek leads in city shooting

July 23, 2005

From staff reports

As the victim of Thursday night's shooting at Noland Village recuperates at Washington County Hospital, the Hagerstown Police Department is struggling to identify and locate possible suspects.

"To our knowledge, only one person was hit by gunfire," said Lt. Michael King, who said only sketchy information has been obtained about the incident.

The victim was shot in the upper thigh, King said. The victim's condition was unavailable Friday night but police earlier described his injury as not life-threatening.

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King said officers have determined the incident in Court 4 began Thursday when the victim was approached by two black males and an argument began. Those two men left the area but returned shortly before 11 p.m. with three additional black males, and the argument resumed, police said.

"One of those five men began firing a handgun with bullets hitting apartments, cars and the victim," King said.

The victim was found in a vehicle speeding away from the area, police said. King said police determined the occupants of that vehicle were victims in the incident, not suspects.

The injured man was taken to Washington County Hospital by Community Rescue Service.

Court 4 was the scene of a fatal shooting in April, according to police reports. On April 5, Terrance Johnson, 35, was shot and killed. A day later, Boni Facio Aramburo of Ranson, W.Va., was charged in the shooting. He was being held Friday at the Washington County Detention Center, a jail spokesman said.

King said Friday afternoon that officers hadn't been able to obtain any description of the five men or any vehicles involved in Thursday's shooting. He said that no calls had come in to police headquarters about the incident by late afternoon.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call 301-790-3700.

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