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Martinsburg man shot

February 27, 1998

By AMY WALLAUER

Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was released from City Hospital Friday about 16 hours after being shot in the hand by a man who allegedly was trying to buy drugs, according to Martinsburg City Police.

Steven Leber, 45, of 516 Rock Cliff Drive, was arraigned in Berkeley County Magistrate Court Friday afternoon on charges of malicious wounding and wanton endangerment. He was released on $10,000 bond, according to court records.

The victim, William Flythe of 305 E. Burke St., was walking on Hooge Street with a friend shortly after midnight when he saw a man leaning against a Cadillac parked in an alley, police said. The man approached him, asking where he could buy drugs, the complaint said.

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According to statements he gave police, Flythe told the man he didn't sell drugs and kept walking.

The man got into the Cadillac and followed Flythe and his friend, Anthony Green. A male passenger also was in the car, Flythe told police.

The driver approached Flythe a second time and said, "I know you got some, I bought here before on this block," the complaint said.

Flythe again told him he wasn't a dealer, and the man then pulled a revolver, the complaint said.

Flythe ran toward 522 Hooge St. He heard a gunshot and realized he'd been shot, he told police.

The man then pointed a gun at Green's chest before fleeing the area.

Police went to Leber's home after talking with a witness to the incident, the complaint said.

A search of the house turned up two weapons, a .38-caliber Colt revolver and a .357-caliber pistol with one spent round in the cylinder and five live rounds, police said.

A conviction for malicious wounding carries a sentence of 2 to 10 years. Wanton endangerment carries a sentence of 1 to 5 years.

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