A man shot Wednesday night is improving, his condition upgraded to stable at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley police reported.

Two men and a woman were traveling on Koch Avenue about 9:30 p.m., police said. When they reached the intersection with South Fayette Street, they spotted two men alongside the road and asked if they needed a ride.

When one of the passengers opened the door to let the men alongside the road in, one produced a gun and demanded money, police said. The driver began to speed off when the man with the gun fired one shot, hitting the male passenger in the kidney area. The driver took the passenger to Raleigh General Hospital.

Detective Cpl. Sam McClure said the suspect who fired the shot was described as a young, thin black man, about 5-foot-9 to 6-2. He was last seen wearing a waist-length, heavy winter coat. After the shooting, he fled on foot toward Barber Avenue.

No further description was available for the second suspect.

From information provided by those in the car, police believe the gun used was a small-caliber handgun.

McClure declined to release the victim’s name.

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