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Elkton woman allegedly runs over teenager during fight at convenience store in Aberdeen

This story is updated from an earlier version.

An Elkton woman allegedly tried to run over a teenage employee of a convenience store in Aberdeen Sunday morning, Aberdeen Police said.

Officers were called to the 700 block of South Philadelphia Boulevard around 9:30 a.m. Sunday for a report of a person hit by a car, according to a news release from Aberdeen Police Department.

A 17-year-old female was suffering from life-threatening injuries after being run over be a vehicle, police said.

The female, a store employee, had gotten into an argument with a woman, later identified as Shyria Nicole Watson, 21, who has addresses in Elkton and in Newark, Del., police said.

Witnesses told police the victim was allegedly intentionally run over by a white vehicle, police said.

The driver of a white vehicle, Watson, allegedly drove toward the store employee, who jumped into the hood of the car, police said.

The victim hit the vehicle’s windshield and Watson allegedly moved forward, propelling the victim onto the ground, then allegedly drove forward again, over the victim, police said.

Watson allegedly drove off afterward, police said.

A family member who owned the car Watson was driving convinced Watson to return to the store, where a white Nissan with damage to the hood and windshield drove onto the lot, police said

Watson was arrested when she returned and charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and reckless endangerment, police said.

The employee was taken by Medevac to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, according to police.

She was in surgery Tuesday afternoon but her injuries were no longer considered life-threatening, Reiber said.

Watson and the employee “had some kind of knowledge of each other,” Aberdeen Police Lt. Will Reiber said Tuesday.

In July, police responded to the same store where the same two people had gotten into an argument during which several items were thrown and pepper spray was possibly used, Reiber said.

The victim, the employee, was referred to the District Court Commissioner to file charges, but nothing further ever came of the incident, he said.

Watson was held at the Harford County Detention Center on $75,000 bail, according to online court records, but Judge Susan Hazlett ordered her held on no bail during a hearing in District Court in Bel Air Tuesday afternoon.

Watson’s public defender, Carmen Hogan, said her client lives in Newark, Del., has a 10th-grade education, is unemployed but currently seeking work.

Hogan said Watson has one prior arrest but no criminal convictions. She asked Hazlett to reduce her client’s bail.

Assistant State’s Attorney Salvatore Fili said Watson’s bail should remain at $75,000 citing “the violence of the defendant’s behavior,” noting the victim had been struck with a vehicle and run over and had to be taken to Shock Trauma.

Fili also noted the defendant’s “deep ties” out of state.

“We feel the bail as set is appropriate,” he said.

Watson, who appeared via video link from the county jail, declined to comment when the judge asked if she wanted to say anything regarding her bail.

Hazlett, citing “the very serious nature of the charges,” ordered Watson held without bail. She also cited Watson’s lack of employment and ties to Maryand.

Hazlett said she believes Watson is a danger to the public and possibly the victim.

Aegis staff member David Anderson contributed to this report.

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