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Police continue probe into Hagerstown shooting

two were wounded

July 31, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

Hagerstown police continue to investigate a shooting Tuesday morning that left two people injured, Lt. Mike King said Wednesday afternoon.

A 31-year-old woman told police she was walking in the 100 block of Jonathan Street at 12:10 a.m. Tuesday when she heard gunshots, police have said.

King on Wednesday identified the shooting victim as Natasha Mason of Hagerstown. A bullet struck her in the left leg, police said.

Family members took Mason to Washington County Hospital, where she was treated for nonlife-threatening wounds and released, King said Wednesday afternoon.

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On Tuesday, Chambersburg, Pa., police contacted Hagerstown detectives about a second victim of Tuesday morning's shooting in Hagerstown.

George Ware, 44, of Madison Heights, Va., had walked into the Chambersburg Hospital emergency room, Hagerstown police said.

Ware was taken by ambulance to York (Pa.) Hospital, where he was treated for two gunshot wounds to his left leg. One of the wounds was in the upper thigh and the other was in the left calf.

He at first told police that the shooting happened in Chambersburg, but police there couldn't substantiate his story, Hagerstown police said. Chambersburg police suspected that Ware might have been a victim of Tuesday's shooting in Hagerstown.

Ware, who had been in the Chambersburg area doing construction work, was released from the hospital, King said.

Police had not interviewed Ware, who returned to Virginia shortly after he was released from the hospital, King said Wednesday afternoon.

Detectives interviewed Mason on the day of the shooting.

Mason told police she had been with Brandy Shawyer, 23, of Clear Spring and a man she did not know. She was not sure whether the other two were hit by bullets, police said.

Police have since found Shawyer, who was not hurt in the shooting.

Mason and Shawyer said they did not see anyone in the area when they heard shots, police said in a news release.

Police have not found any other witnesses to the shooting.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Hagerstown Police Department at 301-790-3700. Information can also be sent by e-mail to crimetip@hagerstownpd.org.

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