Man shot in truck outside W.Va. home

May 09, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man was shot in the shoulder early Sunday after police said he threatened to drive through a residence off Specks Run Road in Bunker Hill, W.Va.

West Virginia State Police responded to a home in the Funny Farm Estates around 6 a.m. Sunday and found Ronald Crites, 25, of Baker, W.Va., had been shot in the upper right shoulder with a .20-gauge shotgun, said State Police Sgt. Rob Blair.

Crites was treated and released at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Va.

A witness told investigators Crites had threatened to run his vehicle through someone's home and was sitting in the vehicle when a shotgun was fired from the home into the vehicle, said Blair.

"He had apparently warned the people in the home to get the kids out of the house and said he was going to drive through the residence," said Blair.


Blair said investigators believe the shooting was a domestic-related incident.

"The people inside the home were familiar with the victim," Blair said. "There was some kind of relationship there."

Police did not release the names of the people living in the home.

The shotgun believed to have been used in the shooting was taken by police, but Blair said it is unknown who pulled the trigger.

Gunpowder-residue tests to determine who fired the shotgun were performed on everyone inside the home at the time of the shooting, said Blair.

Those tests, he said, will be forwarded this week to the State Police crime lab in South Charleston, W.Va.

No arrests have been made and the case is still under investigation, Blair said.

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