EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPolice: Suspect In Clarksburg Shootings In Custody
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Also Contributing: Associated Press, Bethany Simmons, Leslie Rubin
Reported: Jul. 26, 2013 8:14 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 27, 2013 4:45 PM EDT
Clarksburg , West Virginia
A quadruple murder shocked the town of Clarksburg Friday.
In what looks like a drug deal gone bad, two innocent newspaper delivery men were also killed in the middle of the street. A suspect is in custody
Police believe Sidney Muller, 27, shot two victims in a drug-related incident around 4:30 a.m. in a Clarksburg apartment. Then the two paper carriers apparently ran into the gunman on his way out.
Police said they were shot in the street. Todd Russell Amos, 29, a visitor, was found dead in the Locust Avenue home. Christopher Hart, 26, died en route to a hospital after he told his mother who killed him.
The bystander victims, Freddy Donald Swiger, 70, and his son, Fred Swiger, 47, had delivered the neighborhood's newspaper for around 30 years.
Harrison County prosecutor Joe Shaffer could not recall an event in his area with so many murder victims.
Muller was captured Marion County and was charged with four counts of murder after being questioned by detectives.
Police said Muller told them he went to Hart’s residence to collect $10,000 that he said Hart and Amos owed him.
Muller claimed Hart pulled a gun on him during an argument. Muller said he knocked the gun form Hart’s hand and retrieved it when it fell to the floor.
Police said Muller told them he shot Hart in the right side of the head and then shot Amos in the face.
Police said Muller told them as he was leaving Hart’s residence with the gun, he ran into the Swigers, who were delivering newspapers. Muller said he fatally shot each of the paper carriers.
Clarksburg police said the suspect involved in Friday's drug-related shooting which killed four, including two bystanders, has been taken into custody.
Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for updates to this developing story.
The names of the two victims that authorities referred to as innocent bystanders in Friday morning's drug-related shooting have been released.
Fred and Freddy Swiger had been in the area delivering papers along Locust Avenue in Clarksburg, when they were shot and killed.
No arrests have been made. Keep checking wchstv.com for updates.
Four people were killed, including two described by authorities as innocent bystanders in an early morning shooting in Clarksburg.
Harrison County Prosecutor Joe Shaffer said a drug deal went wrong around 4:30 a.m. Friday in a neighborhood known for drug activity.
Shaffer would not say if a suspect is in custody. Shaffer instead said investigators expect no more activity from the individual responsible and the public is not in danger.
Police are not identifying any of those killed. Shaffer said the two bystanders worked a job that had them in that area at that time each morning.
Two people were found dead in the street, a third inside a house and the fourth victim died on the way to the hospital, according to a report from WDTV.
A lifelong Harrison County resident, Shaffer could not recall an event in his area with so many victims.
Investigators were expected to release more details Friday.
AP contributed to this report.
Four people were killed in a Clarksburg shooting early Friday.
Police were called to Locust Avenue about 4:30 a.m. for the shooting, Chief Deputy JR Chamberlain said.
The bodies of two of the victims were found outside of the home and another was located inside. It's not known where the fourth body was found.
Two of the victim's were innocent bystanders, Harrison County Prosecutor Joe Shaffer said.
Three individuals were pronounced dead at the scene, Chamberlain said. A motive for the killings has not been determined.
The victim's names have not been released. No arrests have been made as the investigation continues.
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