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UPDATE: Man wounded in Hagerstown shooting remains in critical condition

July 18, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

The Hagerstown Police Department was looking for two men in connection with a Thursday morning shooting that left a Baltimore man in critical condition at Washington County Hospital.

The shooting happened early Thursday behind 654 N. Prospect St., according to a press release from Lt. Mike King. Police responded to the scene at 2:28 a.m.

Akeem Alphonso Hudgins, 19, of Baltimore, was shot once in the face, King said.

Hudgins was taken to Washington County Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Monday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Investigators have not identified a motive for the shooting, but were looking for two men, King said.

One of the men was described as black, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and wearing a black, short-sleeve shirt, blue denim shorts and white shoes, King said. The other man was described as black, between 6 feet and 6 feet 3 inches tall and wearing a red and black hat, a black short-sleeve shirt and dark blue jeans, King said.

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Both men had handguns, King said.

Police were not sure why Hudgins was in the area, Hagerstown Detective Chris Kayser said Thursday afternoon. One of Hudgins' friends at the scene said the two were in town visiting, Kayser said.

Kayser said he was not sure who owns the building.

Late Thursday morning, the scene was quiet. Neighbors said they didn't know much about the shooting, and a man doing yardwork in the area declined to talk.

Anyone with information about the shooting may call the Hagerstown Police Department at 301-790-3700, ext. 234, or send an e-mail to crimetip@hagerstownpd.org..

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