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Three arrested after reports of projectiles fired from vehicle in Hagerstown

August 27, 2008

Two 18-year-old Hagerstown men and a juvenile from Prince George's County, Md., were taken into custody Tuesday night after Hagerstown police received numerous reports of projectiles being fired from a passing vehicle at different locations in the city, according to a Hagerstown City Police news release.

One person struck by a ball bearing was taken to Washington County Hospital for a minor hand injury, the release said.

At about 9:30 p.m., police began receiving calls that people had been shot with a BB gun from a passing vehicle, described by several victims as a silver or blue Toyota with Maryland tags, the release said.

At 10:25 p.m., Officer Christopher Watt saw the vehicle traveling east on East Washington Street. Watt and other officers stopped the vehicle on Dual Highway at Manor Drive, the release said.

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Inside the vehicle, police found numerous ball bearings in a box and two wrist rockets, the release said. Three people in the vehicle were detained and later arrested.

Anthony Phillip Makel, 18, of Manor Drive; Charles Richard Allen Jr., 18, of Manor Drive and the juvenile from Prince George's County were each charged with six counts of assault, six counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of malicious destruction of property, the release said.

The juvenile was released to his parents. Makel and Allen remained in police custody, awaiting a hearing before a district court commissioner, the release said.

The amount of damage was unknown, police said.

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