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Man reported shot in torso in Hagerstown

January 23, 2012|By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Members of the Hagerstown Police Department gather at the scene of a shooting in the 400 block of North Mulberry Street Monday afternoon. The victim's clothing lies on the snow-covered grass.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

Hagerstown Police Department officers were continuing to search Monday night for a man they believed shot another male at the intersection of North Cannon Avenue and North Mulberry Street earlier in the day.

The victim, believed to be in his 20s, was shot at least twice, one time in the torso, Capt. Mart Holtzman said.

Holtzman said Monday night that the victim suffered “very serious” injuries. It couldn’t be determined if the individual’s injuries were life-threatening, he said.

City police received a call for shots fired at the intersection of North Cannon Avenue and North Mulberry Street shortly after 3:30 p.m., Holtzman said. When police arrived, they saw a man lying in a snow-covered area, he said.

Yellow crime-scene tape marked off an area at the corner of North Mulberry Street and North Cannon Avenue. Clothing from the victim could be seen behind the tape in a snow-covered grassy area. What appeared to be blood could be seen in the snow.

The area where the victim was lying was near a building marked Agricultural and Mechanical Association of Washington County, in the area of Fairgrounds Park.

A witness told police he saw a man run north from the scene toward Broadway. He said the man, believed to be the shooter, was about 5 feet 10 inches tall, and was wearing a purple sweat shirt and blue jeans. Holtzman said the man appeared to be in his late teens to early 20s.

A police dog tracked a scent toward Broadway, he said.

A motorist who was stopped at the intersection said he heard three pops.

“I looked over and saw the guy that got shot fall over into the grass,” said the man, who declined to give his name.

The motorist got out of his vehicle, went over to check on the victim and saw what appeared to be a gunshot wound in his torso, Holtzman said.

Police ask anybody who saw anything suspicious to call them at 301-790-3700.

“No piece of information is too small,” Holtzman said. “We’ll take it all.”

The shooting surprised people in the neighborhood, including Marci Carrizales, who lives a few doors up from the scene of the shooting along North Mulberry Street.

Carrizales expressed concern about the shooting, especially since many children live in the neighborhood.

“What if our kids would have been playing in the snow over there?” Carrizales said.

Steve Douglas, who also lives nearby, said he was surprised there was a shooting in the neighborhood.

Douglas, whose fiancée recently gave birth, moved to the neighborhood from Jonathan Street.

“I didn’t know something like this would happen up in this end,” Douglas said.

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