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20-30 involved in brawl near Abingdon school

The Baltimore Sun

At least four people were injured in a brawl involving golf clubs and baseball bats at an Abingdon elementary school Wednesday night, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

None of the injuries are considered life-threatening and no one had been charged as of yesterday afternoon, said Sgt. Dave Betz, spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

About 20 to 30 people, a majority of them between 16 and 20 years old, gathered by the basketball court at the William S. James Elementary School in the first block of Laurentum Parkway. No one involved in the incident is believed to be a student at the school, Betz said. "We don't know why they chose that place, and we're not sure what they were fighting over," he said. "We're led to believe a dispute from a couple days ago carried over."

According to authorities, a dispute festered Tuesday and the parties agreed to meet at the school to fight. Investigators have ruled out gang or drug activity. When a group of people arrived at the school, they began assaulting individuals with baseball bats and golf clubs.

About 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, deputies responded to a call and found an 18-year-old male lying on the ground behind the school. The man, who was bleeding from his head and complaining of back pains, was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

A 17-year-old male was found nearby with facial injuries and transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The sheriff's office is not releasing the identities of the victims because of the potential for retaliation, Betz said.

Deputies were notified about two additional victims who were being treated at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center - a 17-year-old with a cut on his left leg and a 16-year-old with facial injuries. A mother had driven the teenagers to the hospital, Betz said.

"Right now, we have several conflicting stories and we're hoping that with the help of the community ... we will determine what happened," Betz said.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact the Harford County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division at 410-836-5014.

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