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Deer crashes through window of Hagerstown barber shop

June 12, 2012

HAGERSTOWN — A frightened deer crashed through a barber shop window Tuesday night near Port City Java in the Longmeadow Shopping Center north of Hagerstown, according to witnesses.

It left broken glass and blood before it bolted back out of the storefront toward Oak Hill Avenue, witnesses said.

Anna Marie McDonagh of Hagerstown said she was going to Dollar General at the shopping center about 8:30 p.m. when she noticed an anterless deer running across Potomac Avenue. It went up beside the CVS drugstore before taking off toward the coffee shop, which was hosting live music by a local band.

“It got freaked out because they had instruments and stuff, and it ran and bolted to try to get away through the front door of the barber shop,” McDonagh said.

Mike Trimmer of Falling Waters, W.Va., a member of the band “The Compadres,” said he heard a loud crash at the door of the Long Meadow Barber Shop before McDonagh and another man came running toward them, asking if they saw the deer.

“I looked in the door and there was a deer in the barber shop,” Trimmer said. “Definitely didn’t expect to see that.”

Trimmer started pulling shards of glass off the broken storefront door in an effort to get the deer to come back out, but then it shot through the store’s plate-glass front window and darted around the side of the shopping center toward St. Maria Goretti High School, McDonagh said.

A Port City Java employee saw a large piece of glass stuck in the deer’s face, and blood was spattered on the concrete along with all the broken glass, she said.

“It was slow motion ... it was really bizarre,” McDonagh said. “I know it got hurt on the side because it wiped out on the glass.”

— C.J. Lovelace

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