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Police: Jonathan St. shooting victim has died

Victim was 29-year-old N.Y. man; police have named suspect

January 26, 2012|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Juan Sylvester Barnes
Submitted by Hagerstown Police Department

HAGERSTOWN — A man who was shot in the head on Jonathan Street early Tuesday died today at Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown police said.

Christopher Lee Follett, 29, of New York City, was pronounced dead at 9:25 a.m., Lt. Tom Langston said.
Police have named a suspect in the shooting.

Juan Sylvester Barnes, 28, of no fixed address, was charged in a warrant with one count each of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, handgun use during a crime of violence and felon in possession of a handgun, according to a police department news release.

Langston said Follett’s body will be taken to Baltimore for an autopsy.

“After final ruling on the cause of death, we’ll amend the charges as appropriate,” Langston said.

Police said Barnes also is wanted on parole violations in connection with robbery charges in Prince George’s County, Md.

The shooting occurred during a argument shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of Jonathan Street, police said. A man wearing a black North Face jacket and black pants fled the scene.

The incident was the second shooting that was reported in the city in fewer than 10 hours.

Police said another man was shot at about 3:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Cannon Avenue and North Mulberry Street near Fairgrounds Park.

In that case, the victim was shot several times, including once in the torso, police said.

Langston said drugs were found on both of the shooting victims. He declined to specify the type of drug or drugs.

Langston said there is no evidence that the shootings were related.

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