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Woman shot as two men fire into West End home

November 06, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • Two men fired at least 16 bullets early Sunday into this home at 209 Summer St. in Hagerstown, hitting a woman, according to the Hagerstown Police Department.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — A woman staying inside a home in Hagerstown’s West End was shot Sunday morning as two men fired at least 16 bullets into the house, Hagerstown Police Sgt. Jim Hurd said.

The woman, whose name police did not release, was taken to Meritus Medical Center and had nonlife-threatening injuries, Hurd said.

Probably 12 to 13 people were inside the home at 209 Summer St. around 1:45 a.m. Sunday when two unidentified men used a .38-caliber handgun and a .45-caliber handgun to fire into the house, Hurd said.

The men approached the house on foot and opened fire from the street, according to a news release from the police department. Summer Street is off West Washington Street, and the 200 block is between Main Avenue and Lanvale Street.

The house is a duplex, and the shots were fired at the home on the south side.

The glass in the front storm door was gone except for jagged edges around the frame. Gunshots were visible in the front window, which was cracked, and in the front siding to the left of the door.

A woman who answered the door Sunday morning at 209 Summer St. would not provide her name, but said, “It was some unnecessary drama that went on to some innocent people.”

A few minutes later, she and several other women stood out front talking. They were later joined by a few children.

Hurd said the residents had no idea why someone would fire into the home and said they had no problems with anyone.

Hurd said he did not think the woman who was shot was a full-time resident at the address. She was in the front room when she was shot, he said.

Hurd said there are windows in the front of the home, but there was no way the shooters could have seen at whom they were shooting unless a door had been open. Hurd said “most everybody” in the house was asleep at the time of the shooting.

Several neighbors said the shooting, which some thought were firecrackers or fireworks, woke them up.

“I thought someone was setting fireworks off,” said Jerry Smith, 38.

Smith said Sunday’s shooting was the first he’d heard of any problems in the neighborhood, other than “little kids fighting and stuff.”

“My kids are good friend with their kids,” said Smith’s fiancee, Crystal Stanley, 34, who was awakened by the noise.

Stanley said the shooting has her concerned about letting her children play outside.

“I was in bed, but I heard the shots,” said Greg Stottler, 28, who added he later saw police outside.

Stottler said he wasn’t aware of any problems in the neighborhood prior to the shooting and wasn’t concerned.

“I thought I was dreaming,” said neighbor Richard Gossert, 48. “I heard shots, which I thought were firecrackers.”

“I counted 11 holes in the house that I could see,” Gossert said.

Gossert, who lives across the street from the house that was fired upon, said he’s considering moving his bed.

“My bed is right next to the window out front. If the other people shot back ... I could have been shot in the head while sleeping,” Gossert said.

Jake White, 37, said he slept through the shooting.

“Kind of worried about people shooting around. We have got a bunch of kids here. The neighbors have kids,” White said.

White said he’s heard of problems in the greater neighborhood.

“This is usually a pretty quiet street here,” White said.

Jon Reber, 28, said he grew up in the neighborhood and there used to be “stuff like that,” but he said the neighborhood had gotten better.

Reber said Sunday’s shooting “doesn’t bother me.”

Another neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said there have been problems recently in the neighborhood.

Anyone with information about the incident may call the Hagerstown Police Department’s detective bureau at 301-790-3700, ext. 234.

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