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Surveillance cameras might hold clues in shooting, crash

November 22, 2008

HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown Police Department is hoping to learn more about a Nov. 13 shooting and subsequent traffic accident on Jonathan Street through a series of pictures taken by surveillance cameras.

On Nov. 13 at 8:21 p.m., officers from the police department responded to the area of Jonathan Street and Murph Avenue to find a red Jeep that had crashed into a light pole at the intersection, Sgt. Paul J. Kifer said.

It then was learned that shots were fired to the rear of residences in the 300 block of North Jonathan Street near Blooms Avenue, Kifer said.

Kifer said officers checked the area and were unable to find any victims or suspects, but the shooting was captured on the Jonathan Street camera system.

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The video shows what appears to be anywhere from one to three shots being fired at close range into the driver's side of the victim's truck, Kifer said.

The victim's truck appears to be a newer model extended cab, possibly a Toyota. The truck is dark colored with a lighter stripe around the bottom, and the outside mirrors have what appear to be chrome covers, Kifer said.

The video also shows the truck only has a rear tag displayed and there are three tires mounted on rims in the truck bed, Kifer said. There also might be damage to the front driver's side area or the interior of the truck, he said.

Investigators want to speak with the victim, who has not been identified, and check on his or her well-being.

Police also are attempting to identify the two females seen in the surveillance photos. They had contact with the driver of the truck before the shooting and were seen walking in the 300 block of North Jonathan Street prior to making contact with the victim, Kifer said.

Anyone with information on the incident 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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