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Shooter is sought in slaying

June 17, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was fatally shot and two women were wounded after an argument and struggle at the Capital Heights apartment complex outside Martinsburg early Sunday, according to police.

Marvin L. Redman, 35, died after he was shot once in the chest area, according to West Virginia State Police Sgt. Deke Walker. The shooting happened at about 4:30 a.m. outside an apartment, he said.

Walker said he could not release the name of a suspect in the shooting, who was not in custody by Monday night.

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Redman's mother and girlfriend also were shot. They were both treated at City Hospital in Martinsburg and released, Walker said.

One of the women was shot in the arm, Walker and Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely said. Walker said the other woman was shot in the leg, but Games-Neely said she believed the woman was shot in the abdomen.

The women were wounded as Redman and the accused fought over a gun, Walker said. After the women were shot, the other man broke away and hit Redman with the gun in the face and head several times before shooting him, Walker said.

"At this point, there was a homicide," Walker said.

Police have not determined whether Redman was shot in self-defense, Walker said.

A fight earlier in the day preceded the argument that ended with the shooting, Games-Neely said.

"I don't know what the argument was about," Walker said.

Redman was taken to City Hospital, then airlifted to Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., where he died, according to Paula Faria, director of media relations for the Washington facility.

An autopsy was performed on Redman, Games-Neely said.

Redman has faced an array of criminal charges in the past, according to court records. He was scheduled to appear in Berkeley County Magistrate Court next week on two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Redman has faced other charges from 1993 to last month.

Capital Heights also was the scene of a New Year's Day fatal shooting, when Charles W. Wingfield, 32, of Hagerstown, was shot once in the neck.

Richard L. Pannell Jr., 25, was charged with murder in that case. He is being held in Eastern Regional Jail awaiting trial.

"There has been some violence up there (at Capital Heights), but by the same token, this could've happened in any place in the county," Walker said of the latest shooting.

At the apartment complex Monday afternoon, no evidence of the shooting was obvious.

An open bag of garbage was strewn across the middle of the road, and several children played nearby while a group of uniformed men clipped hedges.

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