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Man, 35, fatally shot at Linwood Road home

Alfarad Evans had several wounds

woman resident unharmed

3 men fled

March 26, 2012|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Alfarad Evans
Photo submitted by Hagerstown Police Department

HAGERSTOWN — Police responding to a report of shots fired early Monday found a gravely wounded man on a bed in a Linwood Road home, Hagerstown Police Department officers said.

Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith said the man, Alfarad A. Evans, 35, of 1002 Linwood Road, was pronounced dead at Meritus Medical Center about an hour after the 5:30 a.m. shooting.

Smith said a woman who was in the house at the time of the shooting was uninjured.

“They could have harmed her if they wanted to,” Smith said.

Police received a call of shots being fired at the home, and responding officers found Evans in a bed. He had been shot more than once with a handgun, Smith said.

Police said three men in baggy clothing ran from the home, heading north toward Noland Village.

Officers had to obtain a search warrant before they could process the scene, Smith said.

In addition to police vehicles, a Western Maryland Regional Crime Laboratory van was at the house Monday morning. A Hagerstown Police Department forensics team spent much of the morning taking photographs and gathering evidence.

Peggy Rees, who lives nearby, said she was in bed when she heard four gunshots.

“It was weird,” she said.

Rees said she moved from Las Vegas about six months ago, and “you have shootings all the time in Vegas.” But, she said, “It’s usually pretty quiet around here.”

Rees said she lives about six houses down from the 1002 Linwood Road home, but said the shots were so loud she thought at first the shooting was next door.

Evans had a previous history of criminal charges.

In 1999, he was charged with robbery and other counts after he took $100 from a man at gunpoint, then pistol whipped him near the intersection of Murph and Henry avenues. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years in state prison.

The house where the shooting occurred was a Habitat for Humanity house, the first constructed through the Apostles Build program. The house was built by members of 19 churches and the Hagerstown Area Religious Council.

The woman in the house was the person who took ownership from Habitat for Humanity.

The shooting was the second fatal shooting in the city in the last two months.

On Jan. 22, Christopher Lee Follett, 29, of New York City, was shot in the head during an argument on Jonathan Street. He died two days later.

Juan Sylvester Barnes, 28, of no fixed address, has been charged with second-degree murder in that case.

Police ask anyone with information related to Monday’s shooting to contact them at 301-790-3700 or by email at crimetip@hagerstownpd.org.

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