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Man charged in Smithsburg shooting

January 27, 2009

A 27-year-old Hagerstown man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, armed robbery, handgun in vehicle and other charges after a man was found shot in the chest in Smithsburg early Tuesday, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Department news release.

Louis Geraldo Gonzalez was charged after Hagerstown Police Department detectives found him at a home in Noland Village, the release said.

The incident began when a woman called the sheriff's department at about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday and said a man was banging on the door of a home on Federal Lookout Road in Smithsburg claiming he had been shot, the release said.

Deputies responded and found Bruce Allen Jones, 30, of Hagerstown, suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest, the release said.

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Jones was taken to Washington County Hospital, then transferred to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Anyone with information about the shooting may contact Investigator Greg Alton at 240-313-2185.

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