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Man shot after altercation at Valley Meadow Townhomes in Halfway

July 21, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • A man was shot Sunday night this home on Fair Oaks Court in Halfway.
By Ric Dugan / Staff Photographer

HALFWAY — A man was shot Sunday night in the Valley Meadow Townhomes off Virginia Avenue after a dispute with another male at a home in the development, a spokeswoman for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.

The shooting, which was reported to police at 6:15 p.m., occurred after the suspect forced his way into a home on Fair Oaks Court, Deputy 1st Class Carly Hose said.

An altercation ensued and the dispute moved outside, where numerous shots were fired, Hose said.

The 27-year-old victim was shot once and taken to Meritus Medical Center before being transferred to another hospital, Hose said.

Hose said investigators did not want to divulge where the victim was taken. Hose said the man was in stable condition.

Police would not release the victim’s identity.

Hose said at the scene that police had a suspect in the shooting. The suspect was described as a black male about 6 feet 1 inch tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a dark T-shirt and shorts, Hose said.

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The shooting occurred down the street from The Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway. A man at the fire company said two men pulled up in a Buick LeSabre and one of the men got out and said that his friend had been shot.

The man at the fire company, who declined to give his name, said he took the victim to Meritus Medical Center. The man said he is not sure where the victim’s friend went.

The Buick, which had Pennsylvania license plates, was still parked near the fire department after the shooting and police stretched yellow police tape around it. The car was later towed.

Hose declined to talk about details surrounding the car.

After the shooting, police were not allowing people back to the townhouses. Deputies had the road to the townhouses blocked and they were checking the insides of vehicles when people left the development.

They also were checking people’s identifications.

Billie Garrett, who lives in the townhouses, was walking past deputies from the townhouses after the shooting.

Garrett said she heard gunshots then looked outside. Garrett said people were scattering and she believes most of the people were frightened and trying to gather their children.

Garrett said she heard the shooting victim beating on a door close to her home and she assumes the man was trying to get help.

“He was like, ‘Let me in, let me in,’’’ Garrett said.

Garrett said the man did not get into the home and she saw blood on the man’s torso.

“I’ve never seen stuff like this,” Garrett said.

Hose said anyone with information about the shooting may call the sheriff’s office at 240-313-2170.


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