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Hagerstown man charged with attempted first-degree murder

September 10, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with an Aug. 19 shooting in Montgomery Village, Md., Montgomery County Police said.

Darrell Andre Shanton, 34, of the 600 block of North Prospect Street, was being held without bond at the Montgomery County Detention Center. He also was charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and using a handgun in the commission of a felony, police said.

Shanton was arrested Aug. 29 at his home in Hagerstown, police said. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. in Montgomery County District Court, according to court records.

The charges stem from a shooting on Aug. 19 about 10:10 p.m. in the 9900 block of Ridgeline Drive, police said. Several residents told officers they heard gunshots and officers observed blood on the sidewalk, police said.

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During the investigation, a man arrived and said he had just taken a friend to a local hospital with gunshot wounds, police said. The victim, a 19-year-old male from Montgomery Village, was suffering from life-threatening injuries and was flown from that hospital to an area trauma center, police said. He was in critical condition at the time, but now is expected to survive, police said.

Investigators learned two men were seen running from the area, getting into a gold Honda and speeding away, police said. One was described as being in his 30s, short with a heavy build, and wearing black shorts and a white T-shirt with a jacket tied around his waist, and the other was described as being in his 20s, average height with a thin build, and wearing black pants and a white T-shirt, police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting may contact investigators at 301-840-2347. Callers may remain anonymous.

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