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Hagerstown man charged in club shooting being held without bond

Brock Jerome Smith was arraigned Wednesday on one count of murder

January 19, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Hagerstown man charged in the shooting death of Damon McCarroll Scott outside a Martinsburg-area club early Saturday was arraigned Wednesday on one count of murder by Berkeley County Magistrate Harry L. Snow.

Brock Jerome Smith, 21, of 623 George St., was being held without bond Wednesday night in Eastern Regional Jail, according to court and jail records.

Scott, 31, was pronounced dead at City Hospital in Martinsburg after he was shot outside Club Zero at 1774 Winchester Ave., according to police and court records.

The shooting occurred at 3:14 a.m., and warrants for accessory after the fact of murder have been issued for Hagerstown residents Octoviol Zshemek Taft, 20, of 141 Wakefield Road, and Dionnday Mynetriel Anderson, 20, of 140 S. Prospect St., according to court records.

Scott was seen shooting a firearm into a tan Chrysler 300 and one or more occupants of the car fired back, hitting Scott in the chest, according to court records and police.

Taft, who identified Scott as "Gotti" in an interview with police, told investigators that Scott pulled a gun on Smith and began to rob him, according to a complaint filed by Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. T.E. Boyles.

Taft told police that Scott then began shooting at Smith, who then shot back, according to the complaint.

Taft told police that Smith and Anderson then got into the Chrysler he was driving and left the area, according to the complaint.

Scott fled on foot, but was taken to the ground by Deputy W.D. Christian, according to a complaint filed by Boyles.

Christian noticed Scott wasn't breathing, checked him for gunshot wounds and called Berkeley County Central Dispatch for emergency assistance, according to the complaint.

Maryland Judiciary Case Search records show Scott had addresses in Hagerstown and Alexandria, Va., in 2010.

After the shooting, the Chrysler was pursued by West Virginia authorities into Maryland. The chase ended near Clear Spring when the car went off U.S. 40 and crashed in a wooded area, Maryland State Police said.

Taft faces five traffic violations from the pursuit, including fleeing from police and driving under the influence, court records show.

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