Hagerstown man charged with wounding three at Martinsburg bar

November 27, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Hagerstown man is charged with wounding three people in a shooting early Friday at a bar in Martinsburg, according to the Martinsburg Police Department.

Bryson Percy Bryant, 19, of 55 Avalon Ave., was arraigned by Berkeley County Magistrate W. Randy Smith on three counts of wanton endangerment, three counts of malicious wounding, two counts of obstructing an officer, and counts of disorderly conduct, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and underage consumption, according to court records.

Bryant was being held Friday in Eastern Regional Jail on a $315,000 bond set by Smith, according to court records.

The shooting at the Red Cafe at 306 Wilson St. was reported at about 3 a.m., police said.

The victims, two males and one female, were treated for gunshot wounds to the leg and foot at City Hospital in Martinsburg, police said.

Jamal Smith of Hagerstown was in fair condition Friday and Rachel Myers of Martinsburg was released from the hospital after being treated, a hospital spokesperson said.


Thomas Snead of Hagerstown was in fair condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., a spokesperson there said.

Bryant was found standing in the parking lot when police arrived and Cpl. F.M. Polinik wrote in his complaint that he saw Bryant with a gun tucked into his waistband, according to court records.

When Bryant saw the officers, he took the gun out of his pants, dropped it to the ground and tried to run back in to the bar, police said.

Bryant was subdued with a Taser and taken into custody, police said.

Police found 11 shell casings in the parking lot and "four were to a 9x17 caliber, which can be fired from a .380 caliber pistol, and seven rounds were from a .40 caliber pistol," Polinik wrote in his complaint.

Some of the casings were consistent with the type of ammunition that could have been used in the .380 AMT pistol that was recovered from Bryant, police said.

Police also arrested Sequan S. Baker, 19, of 629 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown, in connection with the destruction of a window in a Mazda 626 that was broken during the incident. He was charged in Martinsburg municipal court with one count of providing false information and one count of destruction of property, police said.

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