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Martinsburg man charged in shooting

March 06, 1998

By AMY WALLAUER

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was seriously injured and another man was charged after an argument led to a shooting Thursday morning.

Dave Starks, 34, of 2015 Old Arden Road, was in the intensive care unit at City Hospital in Martinsburg following surgery Thursday afternoon.

Troy Lynn Myer, 22, of Martinsburg, was charged with wanton endangerment involving a firearm and malicious wounding, according to Martinsburg City Police. He was released from the Eastern Regional Jail on $10,000 bond.

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Myer went to Starks' home at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to speak to him about some trouble they had between them, police said.

Detective George Swartwood would not say what the argument was about.

The two men argued on and off into the next morning, Swartwood said. At about 4:35 a.m., three or four shots were fired from a .45-caliber semiautomatic, police said.

When police arrived, they found Starks on the living room floor. Swartwood said Thursday it appears Starks had been shot three times in the lower torso area.

Martinsburg City Police released no other details about the shooting, saying the investigation was continuing.

The shooting was the second in Martinsburg in one week.

Steven Leber, 45, of 516 Rock Cliff Drive, was charged with malicious wounding and wanton endangerment on Feb. 27 after William Flythe, 305 E. Burke St., was shot in the hand while walking on Hooge Street with a friend.

A conviction on a charge of wanton endangerment carries a one- to five-year prison term. A malicious wounding conviction is punishable by two to 10 years in jail.

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