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Hagerstown man shot while in bed

Bullet came through ceiling, struck victim in leg

Bullet came through ceiling, struck victim in leg

December 27, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - A bullet burst through an apartment ceiling Wednesday morning and struck a Hagerstown man in the leg while he was in bed, according to a Hagerstown Police Department press release.

Phillip Michael Payne Jr., 27, of 56 East Antietam St., Apt. 2F, was taken to Washington County Hospital and treated for nonlife-threatening injuries, Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Paul Kifer said.

Payne was rolled out of the apartment building in a wheelchair Wednesday morning. He had a bandage on his left calf and what appeared to be blood on the leg.

Another man was in the East Antietam Street apartment when the shooting happened about 9 a.m., but was not in the room and was not injured, Kifer said.

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The man who lives in the apartment above Payne was charged Wednesday in connection with the shooting.

Keith Allen Dandridge, 20, of 56 East Antietam St., Apt. 3F, was charged with one count of reckless endangerment and one count of discharging a firearm within city limits, Kifer said.

Neighbors outside the building Wednesday morning said Dandridge recently had moved in to the apartment.

Kifer characterized the shooting as accidental, but said police still were trying to determine how the shooting happened. Dandridge fired one round through his bedroom floor, Kifer said. After he fired the gun, Dandridge went downstairs to see if the residents in the lower apartment were OK.

There was no evidence of a dispute between the two men, police said.

Dandridge was taken to the Washington County Detention Center Wednesday and was being held in lieu of $25,000 bond, Kifer said. A deputy at the jail Wednesday afternoon had no record of Dandridge being held there, he said.

Dandridge had been living at the East Antietam Street apartment with his fiance and their child, Kifer said.

The fiance and child were in Dandridge's apartment at the time of the shooting, police said.

Police confiscated the weapon used in the shooting.

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