EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPolice Search For Suspect In Deadly Huntington Shooting
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Reported: Jul. 25, 2013 6:57 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 25, 2013 10:34 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Huntington police are still looking for a killer after an early Thursday morning shooting.
Police said the crime rate in the neighborhood has gone down, but as they search for a suspect, many in the community feel unsafe, and frustrated.
Gun shots rang out early Thursday morning, making for another deadly shooting in Huntington.
A neighborhood man, identified as Michael, saw it all unfold from down the street.
"I heard three shots, then a guy slumped over," he said.
Police said Lorenzo Craig, 25, was shot and killed around 1 a.m. outside of Poppy’s Bar and Grill near Eighth Avenue and 16th Street.
"I couldn't see faces, but I saw the flash from the gun because it was dark," Michael said.
As the suspected gunman and people nearby ran off, Michael rushed toward Craig to try and help, but it was too late.
"I took his pulse,” he said. “There wasn't a pulse. Then police arrived. It's something you'll never forget. You’ll never forget it as long as you live."
Police are looking for a black male, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall with a medium build. They said he was wearing jeans and a white shirt.
Anyone with information is asked to call police.
Huntington police have identified the victim of Thursday morning's shooting.
Lorenzo M. Craig, 25, originally of Detroit was shot and killed along Eighth Avenue in Huntington, Lt. John Williams said.
Craig had been living in the Huntington area for several years, Williams said.
No arrests have been made as of yet. The investigation continues.
Neighbors are speaking out after a man was shot and killed Thursday morning along Eighth Avenue in Huntington.
"It was about three or four loud shots. I mean they were loud," said Lawrence Bego, who lives just down the street from the shooting.
"It scared me," Bego said. "I've got kids man, I've got grandkids, I'm married, and it kind of scared me and scared the kids, too, because it woke everybody up. It woke my dog up."
Huntington police said the victim was found outside Poppy's Bar and Grill, dead from at least one gunshot wound. Investigators said another man was seen running from the scene after the shooting happened. They spent several hours at the scene Thursday morning, trying to piece together exactly what happened.
"At this time, we don't know for sure what the motive is -- whether it was a disagreement, robbery or something of that nature," Huntington Police Chief William Holbrook said. "We're not completely sure on that."
Police said there is no connection between Poppy's and the murder, and there has been no problems at the bar and grill in the past. While the area the bar is located used to be a haven for violent crime, police have taken measures over the past three to four years and no longer consider the area as a "hot spot."
But news of a violent crime has neighbors such as Heather Hill on edge.
"It just makes me kind of worried about what's going to happen next, you know," Hill said. "I could be the next victim, and I don't want to be."
Huntington police still haven't identified the victim. Anyone who has information that can help police is asked to contact the department.
Huntington police officers are investigating a deadly shooting that took place early Thursday morning.
Officers discovered a man's body outside Poppy's bar in the 1600 block of Eighth Avenue. Police believe the unidentified man died from a gunshot wound but do not have a suspect in custody.
The owners of Poppy's said they had no knowledge of the 1 a.m. shooting until police arrived. They are cooperating with the investigation, which is expected to continue through mid-morning.
Police are looking for a black male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and with a medium build. He was wearing jeans and a white shirt. The suspect was last seen running south across Eighth Avenue. If you have any information, contact the Huntington Police Department at 304-696-4420.
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