The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 12, 2014

Shooting involving 11-year-old occurred in residence

Officials release few details about incident

FAIRMONT — Officials have confirmed that a shooting incident involving a young boy Wednesday occurred inside a Fairmont residence.

The 11-year-old boy remains in critical condition following the shooting.

Fairmont Police Chief Kelley Moran said the boy is being treated at Ruby Memorial Hospital. He said the boy has been there since the early-evening incident occurred Wednesday.

On Friday, Moran said the shooting occurred inside the residence responders were dispatched to, and that another person was involved in the shooting incident. The department is not releasing the identity of that person or the victim.

In addition, “We’re not releasing the location of where the shooting occurred,” Moran said Thursday.

In a press release Moran distributed Thursday, officials said that “due to the ongoing investigation, additional details are not available at this time. The name and address of the victim are not being released at this time due to the sensitive nature of the investigation ... Further information is pending the outcome of this investigation.”

According to the Marion County Central Communications 911 log, HealthNet was dispatched at 8:02 p.m. Wednesday, a mere 10 minutes after police responded to the residence. HealthNet landed on the ground at 8:28 p.m. and was in air by 8:57 p.m.

The child was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital by HealthNet from a landing zone in the parking lot of Food Lion, which is near the intersection of Locust Avenue and Country Club Road.

The Fairmont Police Department is the lead investigation agency handling the case. Moran said “there’s a lot of details in the investigation,” and the police department is releasing few details about the case.

Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Pat Wilson said he would not be able to comment on whether charges would be filed in the case.

“It’s an ongoing investigation, and that’s all I can indicate at this time,” Wilson said Thursday.

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