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Two Hagerstown men indicted in Club Twisted shooting

Joseph W. Mason and Leon W. Racks face charges of attempted murder, malicious assault, conspiracy and person prohibited from possession of a firearm

May 24, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com
  • Joseph W. Mason and Leon W. Racks
West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Berkeley County grand jury on Thursday indicted two Hagerstown men on charges stemming from  the November 2011 shooting of a Frederick, Md., man at an area club.

Joseph W. Mason, 27, and Leon W. Racks, 29, each were indicted on single counts of attempted murder, malicious assault, conspiracy and person prohibited from possession of a firearm, according to their indictments released by Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely’s office.

Both men are being held at Eastern Regional Jail, according to jail records.

Kevin R. Mullen, who was found in the parking lot of Club Twisted in Berkeley County and flown to a hospital for treatment, told police he was shot nine times, police have said.

Racks and Mason were later apprehended by police in Washington County shortly after the shooting occurred about 2:50 a.m. and were returned to Berkeley County.

A vehicle that was seen leaving the club near Potomack Intermediate School was stopped, and the men were detained by Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

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A witness told officers that she saw Racks and Mason arguing at Mullen’s vehicle in the club parking lot just before he was shot.

The club at 5268 Williamsport Pike closed shortly after the Nov. 26 shooting.

The indictment alleges both men are prohibited from possessing firearms because of prior convictions in Maryland.

Both were convicted of manufacture/distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, and Mason also was convicted of first-degree assault, the indictments said.

Mason and Racks were among 77 people named in indictments returned this week by the grand jury, which was seated for the May term of circuit court, according to Games-Neely’s office. 

An indictment merely indicates that an individual is believed to have committed a crime.

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