Man sought in city shooting

December 17, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- Hagerstown Police on Wednesday were searching for an 18-year-old man wanted in connection with a shooting Tuesday night that left two men injured in the first block of Murph Avenue, Hagerstown Sgt. Paul Kifer said Wednesday night.

Kifer said police had obtained a warrant for the arrest of Jermaine Nelson, address unknown, but Kifer was unable to provide the specific charges against Nelson, who had not been found as of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A Washington County District Court Commissioner, when asked about charges against Nelson, said any information related to a warrant or charges was confidential.

Officers responded at 7:13 p.m. Tuesday to a call for shots fired in the area of Murph Avenue and North Jonathan Street. Upon arrival, police found two men with gunshot wounds.


One of the victims, Hameen Abdul Burrell, 31, of Harrisburg, Pa., was shot in the arm. He was treated at Washington County Hospital and released, Kifer said.

The other victim, Donnie Wright, 21, of no fixed address, was shot several times, Kifer said in a news release. Wright was taken to Washington County Hospital, then transferred to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He was listed in critical condition Wednesday, according to the release.

Kifer said police were still trying to determine a motive for the shooting Wednesday night. Investigators did not know whether Nelson knew the victims, Kifer said.

The incident was caught on camera by the city's surveillance camera on Jonathan Street, Kifer said.

Police had not found the gun that was used in the shooting, and Kifer said in the news release that Nelson should be considered armed.

Anyone with information may call police at 301-790-3700.

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