EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWarrant Issued For Suspect In Huntington Shooting
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Reported by: Dan Matics
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Also Contributing: Heath Harrison
Reported: Sep. 26, 2013 9:21 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 26, 2013 11:32 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Huntington police have issued a warrant for the man they believe shot six people Tuesday night, and they are seeking the public’s help to find him.
Antonio Michael Smith, 31, is wanted on six counts of malicious wounding and one count of wanton endangerment following the shootings at Northcott Court.
Smith has a tattoo on his face. He is about 6 feet and 1inch tall and weighs 170 pounds.
Anyone with information on Smith is asked to call police immediately.
Disturbing images have been released of victims in a shooting in Huntington running for help.
The shooting took place Tuesday night at the Northcott apartment complex, forcing six people to the hospital.
The surveillance video of the shooting captured the panic the people felt.
The surveillance video showed the victims running into the Marathon gas station, one falling near the front of the store, and another dropping to the floor in an aisle, apparently shot in the leg. Another man could be seen helping by removing some clothing and making a tourniquet out of a rag.
There is what appears to be a lot of blood on the floor.
A group of people can be seen putting one of the victims into a car, presumably to take him to the hospital.
The gas station and subsidized housing complex sits on Hal Greer Boulevard, a major artery into downtown Huntington.
Meanwhile, Huntington Mayor Staeve Williams has called for action.
"Northcott Court is a blight," Williams said. “It’s not proper housing for the people that live there. It is a blight on the community.”
Williams said the courtyard is the main problem, and that the enclosed spaces have created a breeding ground for crime.
The city had planned to tear down Northcott and rebuild, but the state housing board denied that request, citing tax concerns.
The mayor said, since Tuesday's mass shooting, he is not giving up until Northcott is gone.
"As long as we have what’s sitting there, it's encouraging nonsense," he said.
After going to the Capitol, Williams hopes demolition will start as early as this spring.
"I’m confident," he said.
The plan for the new subsided housing is two buildings with more levels and no enclosed spaces that enable drug activity and other crimes .
Neighbors, many of whom are still shaken by Tuesday’s shooting, seem to support Williams.
"I think it’s a good idea to update them, not just because of the courtyard, but they need updated," one neighbor said.
The complex was built in the 1930s. The plan is to move the residents there into other subsidized housing temporarily while the new units are built.
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