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Shooting victim accused of having role in earlier shooting

July 27, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

A woman reported as a victim of a drive-by shooting in the Jonathan Street area is accused of playing a role in an earlier shooting near New Visions Sports Lounge, according to Washington County District Court documents.

Tawana Teneal Warford, 25, of 61 W. Franklin St., Apt. 4, was driving a 2003 Nissan Altima with New York license plates April 12 when the vehicle was struck by a bullet at 1:53 a.m. in the area of Hamilton Lane and Forest Street in Hagerstown. A bullet that pierced the vehicle struck a passenger's cell phone case, allowing him to escape serious injury, according to the charging document.

Police believe Warford's vehicle was shot at in retaliation for a prior shooting, the charging document states.

On Tuesday, probable cause was found to charge Warford with being an accessory before the fact, possession of a handgun in a vehicle, and obstructing and hindering.

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According to the charging document, Warford's vehicle is clearly recorded on the Jonathan Street camera system at 1:18 on the morning of the drive-by shooting. Police said a black man leaned over into Warford's vehicle and removed a white object, then ran down the street firing a handgun. He appeared to be shooting at another man running north on the west side of North Jonathan Street, the charging document states.

Warford also was observed by the camera system talking to the driver of the minivan linked to the second shooting before the second shooting occurred, the charging document states.

Warford denied knowing the black man involved in the first shooting, and she told police her vehicle was not the one that had pulled alongside the minivan, according to the charging document. Warford, who told police she had lived in the Hagerstown area only about a month since coming from New York, did not return police phone calls, and she was not at the address she provided to police as part of the investigation, according to the charging document.

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