Witnesses: Man on bicycle fired shot at driver in downtown Hagerstown

September 29, 2011|By DAN DEARTH |
  • Hagerstown Police question a man they said was an intended victim at the scene of a shot fired on West Franklin Street Thursday.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

Hagerstown police Thursday afternoon scoured West Franklin Street in the downtown area looking for a man who witnesses said fired a gunshot at the driver of a car.

Lt. Paul Kifer said witnesses told police that a silver Mitsubishi Eclipse was pulling out of the parking lot at T-R Tire Center at 117 W. Franklin St. shortly before noon when a man approached from the east on a bicycle and fired a shot.

Kifer said the alleged shooter then turned around and rode up Jonathan Street on the bicycle.

Neither the car nor the intended victim was hit, Kifer said.

"Right now, we're trying to confirm whether an actual shot was fired," Kifer said at the scene. "It appears to be an isolated incident between two gentlemen."

The victim works nearby and was parking the Mitsubishi in the tire center parking lot, Kifer said.

He said officers interviewed witnesses and looked for shell casings to determine if shots were fired.

Police said it was possible that the alleged shooter used a revolver. If that were the case, shell casings wouldn't be on the ground.

Kifer said witnesses told police that they saw a gun, and several people reported hearing a gunshot.

The man on the bicycle was described as a black man in his 30s with dreadlocks. He was wearing a plain blue sweatsuit and a black bandanna, Kifer said.

He said there was no description of the bike.

The Eclipse was parked in the parking lot at the tire center while police investigated the scene.

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