EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPolice Say Shooting Victims Not Cooperative; No Arrests Yet
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Dan Matics
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Jeff Morris
Reported: Sep. 25, 2013 1:40 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 25, 2013 10:07 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Police continued searching Wednesday for answers in a Huntington shooting.
Six people were shot Tuesday night at the Northcott Court apartment complex off Hal Greer Boulevard.
Police said they are not getting any help with the investigation, and said no one, not even the victims, is cooperating.
Officers have recovered two stolen guns from the crime scene, but no arrests have been made at this time.
Police identified the victims of the shooting as:
Jamal Tubbs, 21, of Huntington
People living in the area were on edge Wednesday night. They said the gunfire sounded all too familiar, especially when bullets started flying through resident Alica Jeffers’ apartment.
“[A] Sound like firecrackers, but I'm used to guns, so I know it wasn't," Jeffers said.
Six people were shot in the courtyard area outside Jeffers’ apartment with non-life-threatening injuries.
Five of the victims took themselves to the hospital. One had to be taken by ambulance.
Many of the people living in the complex then ran for cover to the Marathon gas station across the street.
Police have recovered two stolen guns, one from the apartment complex and the other behind the gas station. Police also found a large amount of crack cocaine inside the bathroom.
Huntington police said none of the victims are cooperating with their investigation.
Five of them have recent arrest records.
People in the area said it comes with the territory.
Police are patrolling the area as they continue to try and figure out what started the shooting.
They are desperately relying on anyone who knows something to say something, so far, that hasn’t happened.
Huntington police have released the names of the victims in a shooting Tuesday evening.
Five Huntington residents -- Jamal R. Tubbs, 21, Andrew Maurice Branch, 36, Semaj Markes Leondre Figg, 22, Dwight McVernon Green, 23, and Jayron Antonio Washington, 19, -- and Maurice LaVelle Miller Jr., 23, of Columbus, Ohio, all received non-life threatening injuries in the shooting, according to a news release from Huntington police.
The shooting happened about 8:45 p.m. at Northcott Court. Police said the victims took off to the Huntington Mart Gas and Convenience Store along Hal Greer Boulevard.
Police said that the shooting happened during some type of altercation in the courtyard area adjacent to the Northcott Court Community Center.
The release said police recovered two firearms - one at the Northcott scene and the other behind the Huntington Mart.
Surveillance video at the convenience store captured footage of the victims walking in and around the store.
A trace of the seized firearms concluded that both guns were stolen, police said. Officers also said they recovered a significant quantity of crack cocaine from the bathroom inside the store.
Tubbs and Branch remained hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. The other victims were treated and released.
None of the victims has provided detectives with information identifying a motive for the shooting.
"The uncooperative posture taken by the shooting victims in this investigation is disappointing and regretful. However, considering the fact that they each have had various and sometimes numerous encounters with law enforcement, it is not surprising," Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook said.
The investigation into the shooting incident continues. If you have any information that could help in the investigation, call Huntington police at 304-696-4444.
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