Shooting victim was Greencastle basketball player

March 29, 2007

Just more than a day after his team lost a heartbreaker in the PIAA Class AAA state championship game, Greencastle-Antrim High School basketball player Gregg Hamms was the victim of a shooting in Hagerstown.

Principal Jack Appleby confirmed Thursday that Hamms, 18, who was shot Sunday, played basketball for the school. Hamms, a senior, also is a member of the track team.

A charging document alleges that Raymond Garfield Campbell III, 19, confronted Hamms at the 7-Eleven on Salem Avenue at about 1 a.m. Sunday. Campbell allegedly followed Hamms to the 900 block of Lanvale Street, where he fired several shots from an handgun, striking Hamms in the legs.

Police said Hamms was found in a vehicle in the 300 block of West Antietam Street. Someone was taking him to the hospital when police stopped the vehicle and called for an ambulance.


Sgt. Paul Kifer said Hamms gave police both Hagerstown and Greencastle, Pa., addresses. He said he was not sure how many times Hamms was shot, but Hamms had five wounds.

Hamms was treated at Washington County Hospital and released.

A deputy said Campbell, whose last known address was 1009A Noland Drive, was at Washington County Detention Center Thursday night. He faces charges that include attempted second-degree murder.

Greencastle-Antrim basketball coach Garon Gembe described Hamms as "low key" earlier this week.

"He's a very athletic player. He's a very even-tempered kind of kid," Gembe said.

Hamms scored five points March 23 in his team's 57-55 loss to General McLane High School at Penn State University's Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa.

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