Teen charged as adult in shooting

July 05, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS


A Hagerstown teenager is charged as an adult in a shooting Monday night in the 300 block of Brookline Avenue in the eastern part of the city, the Hagerstown Police Department said Thursday.

Ryan Scott Kaplan, 17, is charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and other crimes in the shooting.

Police did not release the shooting victim's name, saying only that he was a 19-year-old man from State Line, Pa. The victim's name was listed in Washington County District Court documents as Justin B. Leibrand.

Kaplan and Leibrand had a verbal altercation Monday night, during which Kaplan took a small silver pistol from his waistband, court documents show.


Leibrand walked back toward a friend's vehicle, then heard gunshots behind him, according to court documents. He turned and saw Kaplan shooting at him as Kaplan ran across Brookline Avenue toward Interval Road, documents show.

Leibrand was struck once in the left heel, and he estimated that he heard seven to eight gunshots, court documents show.

Kaplan was being held on $600,000 bond Thursday afternoon at the Washington County Detention Center, a sheriff's deputy said.

Leibrand told investigators that he knew Kaplan and had learned from a friend that Kaplan was looking for him, court documents show.

Leibrand was riding in a friend's vehicle Monday night in the area of Brookline Avenue when he saw Kaplan. Leibrand got out of the vehicle and approached Kaplan, at which point the two entered into the verbal altercation, documents show.

After the shooting, Kaplan was seen running east on Interval Road, court documents show.

Brookline Avenue runs between Security Road and Jefferson Boulevard in the area of Fairgrounds Park.

Police obtained a warrant for Kaplan's arrest Tuesday, and officers received a tip that Kaplan was in the area of Rowland Avenue in Frederick Manor, police said in a news release. Kaplan was arrested Tuesday at about 7 a.m., police said.

Washington County District Judge Mark D. Thomas held a bail review Thursday afternoon, at which time he ordered that Kaplan have no contact with Leibrand.

Kaplan is scheduled to appear in Washington County District Court for a preliminary hearing July 17.

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