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W.Va. driver shot in arm

August 04, 1998|By CLYDE FORD

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - An unidentified gunman shot a Falling Waters, W.Va., man in the arm Monday afternoon as he pulled out of a parking lot onto U.S. 11, according to West Virginia State Police.

A bullet also struck the passenger-side window of a passing truck traveling south on U.S. 11 at about the same time, but did not hit the three people inside the truck's cab, police said.

John Conner Jr., age unavailable, was treated at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Al Carpenter, owner of Convenient Motor Service, said he spoke to Conner about work he wanted done on a car and then Conner drove off.

"I heard a 'pop.' He drove back around and said 'I've been shot,'" Carpenter said.

Conner's left arm was outside the open window when he was hit, police said.

Carol Welsh, 39, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was driving south on U.S. 11 with her friend, Sandy Thompson, 29, and her 4-year-old son, Trey Thompson.

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"We heard a 'boom' and our window was shattered to pieces," Welsh said. "We're shook up but we're lucky no one was hurt."

They pulled over at a convenience store and went back to the scene after they saw an ambulance and fire truck go by.

"We were scared to come back here at the time because we didn't know if whoever shot at us ... would still be here," Sandy Thompson said.

The police searched the area, but did not locate the gunman.

Trooper J.A. Laing searched the cab of Welsh's truck but was unable to find where the bullet went after hitting the window.

"You don't realize how quick your life can be gone," Welsh said.

Laing said it was unknown how many shots were fired.

"At this point we are treating this as an intentional shooting," Laing said.

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