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17-year-old shot

Witness says he heard fighting, gunfire

Witness says he heard fighting, gunfire

November 23, 2005|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN

erinc@herald-mail.com

A 17-year-old boy was shot twice Tuesday afternoon inside a home at 13 S. Cannon Ave. in Hagerstown then ran one block to Washington County Hospital, according to police.

Hagerstown Police Sgt. Paul Kifer, who would not release the name of the victim, said he believed the boy was in the lower level of the home when he was shot following an argument.

Police said they had identified a suspect and were preparing to serve a warrant at the suspect's home about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday.

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Witnesses said the teenager ran one block to Washington County Hospital after the shooting. He was being treated there late Tuesday, said Kifer, who did not know the boy's condition. Kifer said he did not believe the victim's injuries were life-threatening.

Kifer said the boy was alert and talking while he was being treated.

A man walking along South Cannon Avenue told police he saw people fighting and later heard two gunshots. Police arrived at the home across from Sheetz at the corner of South Cannon Avenue and East Washington Street about 4 p.m., Kifer said.

The brick, two-story home is divided into two apartments, one on each level, police said.

Witnesses told police that a woman left the shooting scene in a white car just after the incident. Officers searched the area for the vehicle, but they had not found the woman by late Tuesday, Kifer said.

"That's the person we need to talk to," Kifer said.

Police interviewed several witnesses at the station Tuesday evening and served a search warrant at the home on South Cannon Avenue about 6:40 p.m., Kifer said.

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