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More incidents plague Edgewood's Grempler Way, site of shooting last week

Grempler Way in Edgewood just had a rough week as far as police activity.

Just a few days after a 15-year-old boy was shot there and another 15-year-old was charged with his attempted murder, the Harford County Sheriff's Office got calls for two other gun-related incidents near the street.

Police say they have not connected the incidents in what appears to be another spike in violence in a neighborhood long known for crime. They are continuing to investigate possible links, a spokesman said.

On Friday, police responded to reports of shots fired at 1:15 a.m. in the area of Brookside Drive by Grempler Way, in the Edgewater Village community.

As deputies searched the area, a man was seen fleeing, according to police reports.

After a few minutes, the man was found hiding in a bush and identified as Jimmy Harris, from North Carolina, according to the police reports.

After a search, Harris was found to be in possession of a razor blade and a substance identified as cocaine.

On Sunday, a 19-year-old man arrived at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air and was reported by police as having a "possible bullet wound," but was not "saying much about it."

Sheriff's Office Spokesman Edward Hopkins said the unidentified victim at the hospital was reportedly running away from the 1800 block of Grempler Way, where the earlier shooting was reported June 10. A 15-year-old boy's stomach was grazed by a bullet in that shooting and a second 15-year-old boy was charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and firearms violations.

The 19-year-old victim from Sunday "claimed he fell and injured his arm," Hopkins said.

Hopkins said in an e-mail that the victim went to the hospital for treatment and the hospital reported it to police.

The victim, however, denies it is a gunshot wound, Hopkins said.

The Sheriff's Office "is continuing their investigation to determine if it is related to any of the other shootings from last week," Hopkins said.

It remains unclear if the 19-year-old's injury is related to either of two shootings in Edgewood last week. After the June 11 Grempler Way shooting, another discharge of gunfire was reported two days later on Gateway Drive, also in Edgewater Village. No one was injured in that incident, according to police.

"He didn't say which of the shootings he was at," Hopkins said of the 19-year-old, adding he said "only that he was talking to a friend, heard the shots and ran. He denies he was shot."

Hopkins also said the criminal investigation unit has not made any determination yet how any of the incidents could be related or whether gang or drug activity could be involved.

"I understand why people might think they are or could be related but [the Criminal Investigation Division] is still investigating[,] looking for links between all of the people who are victims and / or witnesses," Hopkins wrote in an e-mail.

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