EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPolice Continue Investigation of Shooting At Moose Lodge
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Katy Brown
Web Producer: Taisha Walker
Also Contributing: Taisha Walker, Katelyn Sykes
Reported: Oct. 4, 2013 4:20 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 4, 2013 10:27 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Shots were fired at the Charleston Moose Lodge early Friday morning, putting two people in the hospital and the shooter is still on the loose.
It was certainly not how West Virginia State University students and alumni wanted to start off their homecoming weekend.
A private homecoming party, not hosted by the school, got out of hand making it a rough start to what was supposed to be an enjoyable weekend.
"There was people running everywhere,” Sgt. B.E. Borchers, of Charleston police, said. “There were vehicles driving - they were just all different directions driving, pulling out here, speeding away."
Kanawha County deputies and Charleston police responded to what they thought was an early morning fight at the Charleston Moose Lodge.
But when they arrived, shots were fired.
"It started inside the Moose when they were getting ready to close,” Borchers said. “Some kind of altercation started, maybe an argument, and it left out onto the parking lot."
Police said the shooter has not been identified and remains on the run.
Two people were treated at the Charleston Area Medical Center after the fight.
Jerome Gooch, 28, of Charleston was shot in the leg and Shawn Jackson, 28, of Cleveland had injuries from the fight but was not shot.
Police said hundreds of people, who they believe to be college age, were at the lodge for a private West Virginia State University homecoming party, an event that was not held or sponsored by the university. Some students were disappointed, and upset at how it portrays their school.
“It's shocking, because homecoming is supposed to be a time for celebrating tradition, the school, it's history,”
Edward Blair of Institute said. “It's just sad that someone would try to ruin that with violence."
Alcohol could be a factor in this situation.
Gig Robinson, with the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration, said they have been in contact with Charleston Moose and they have agreed to voluntarily cease alcohol sales until Monday, as the investigation continues with police.
Police also continue look for the shooting suspect. If you have any information, you are asked to call police.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim in Friday morning's shooting at the Charleston Moose Lodge.
Jerome C. Gooch, 28, of Charleston was shot in the leg, Cpl Brian Humphreys with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office said. A second victim, Shawn Jackson, 28, of Cleveland, Ohio sustained injuries during the fight. Both victims were treated at CAMC General. Deputies said both victims are cooperating.
Deputies said the event at the lodge was a private party. A flyer said it was a Homecoming kickoff party for West Virginia State University.
West Virginia State University officials said it was an unauthorized use of the logo and the event wasn't sponsored by the university.
In a statement, Kimberly Osborne, WVSU Vice President of University Relations and Operations said, "The safety and security of the entire campus community, including our students, is of the utmost importance to West Virginia State University. The tragic early morning event occurred off-campus and was not affiliated with the University in any way."
Uncle Woody Woods, who was the DJ for the event, told Eyewitness News that it wasn't his or his company's event and he was inside at the time of the incident. The event promoter hasn't responded to Eyewitness News' calls for comment.
Neither victims were students at WVSU and a suspect has not been identified. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office at 304-357-0169.
A Charleston shooting is under investigation Friday morning.
Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies tell Eyewitness News that the shooting started after a bar fight inside the Charleston Moose Lodge. Deputies said they were headed to the bar around 2:30 a.m., when they heard multiple gun shots. About 200 people, mostly of college-age, were standing in the parking lot of the lodge at the time of the shooting, according to deputies. The crowd had gathered at the Charleston Moose Lodge for an event.
One person was dropped off at CAMC General hospital with two gunshot wounds to the thigh. Deputies said the male victim is alert and cooperating with the investigation. His medical condition is unknown.
There is no suspect at this time. If you have any information that could help deputies with the investigation, give the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office a call.
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