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Man wounded in Hagerstown

police seek shooter

August 27, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - A man was shot in his left hand Thursday by one of at least 13 rounds fired from a semiautomatic weapon on Concord Street in Hagerstown, police said.

The victim was treated at Washington County Hospital and later released, according to Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Paul Kifer.

The shooting in the 900 block of Concord Street in the city's West End was reported around 1 a.m., Kifer said.

On Thursday afternoon, a trail of blood remained on the sidewalk. The trail started at one end of the 900 block of Concord Street and splatters were visible for the entire stretch of sidewalk in that block.

What appeared to be two bullet holes were visible in the windshield of a black car parked on one side of the street. Broken glass was scattered on the sidewalk near the car.

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Investigators believed only one weapon was fired during the incident, Kifer said.

Police believe someone in a passing car shot at four to six people who were standing in a group, Kifer said. Only one of those people was hit, he said.

Investigators had identified someone they believe was involved in the shooting, but no arrests had been made by Thursday evening, police said.

Concord Street residents said they weren't surprised to learn of the shooting.

One woman said someone once shot the windows out of her van, and another neighbor's vehicle was struck in that same incident, she said. The woman, who did not want to give her name, said she has lived on Concord Street for several years.

She didn't hear the shooting, but woke up when she heard dogs barking, the woman said. Another woman who lives on Concord Street was awakened by the sound of gunshots early Thursday. She still feels safe in the neighborhood, she said, but would like police to patrol the street more often.

Others said they no longer feel safe on Concord Street.

"This ain't the first (shooting)," one man said.

He recalled a shooting in the street on Christmas Eve three or four years ago. The man called police that night, he said.

He declined to give his name, citing concern for his safety.

Anyone with information on the shooting may call the Hagerstown Police Department at 301-790-3700.

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