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Man arrested in Waffle House shooting

June 20, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hagerstown man wanted by police in connection with the shooting a 28-year-old man in the Waffle House parking lot just north of Martinsburg on Friday morning turned himself in, police said Tuesday.

Markus Alanzo Watts, aka "G", was arraigned Tuesday morning by Berkeley County Magistrate Jo Ann Overington on one count of malicious wounding and jailed on $50,000 bond.

Watts, 23, posted bail and was released, Overington said. Court records indicate Watts resides at 95 Amorette Drive in Berkeley County.

According to a complaint filed by Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy Lt. Gary Harmison, Watts was identified from an array of photographs as the shooter by the victim, Ben McMeans, and several other witnesses.

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McMeans was treated at City Hospital for stomach, groin and leg injuries he received and later released, Harmison said Tuesday.

Harmison could not say whether the victim knew Watts prior to the shooting, and indicated he had more interviews to conduct in the investigation.

"The victim advised that he was walking toward the defendant, who was standing out in front of the Waffle House, and he pulled a gun and shot him," Harmison said in his complaint.

Harmison said police found two .40-caliber shell casings in the parking lot of the restaurant at 1807 Edwin Miller Blvd. They had responded to a report of shots being fired about 4 a.m., he said.

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