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Two Va. men hurt when shots are fired at car

December 29, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An assailant in a car traveling west on W.Va. 9 early Sunday fired a gun into a car traveling in the same direction, striking two men in the legs, a West Virginia State Police spokesman said.

Police think the shooting stemmed from a disagreement that occurred at The Spot, a bar behind Club Venus, which is along W.Va. 9 near the Eastern Regional Jail, said Sgt. C.C. Morton.

Several men left The Spot in a car following the disagreement, Morton said.

The men were traveling on W.Va. 9 near State Circle when a second car pulled alongside of their vehicle about 3:30 a.m., Morton said.

At least three gunshots were fired from the second vehicle, and it is believed two of the shots struck the first car, Morton said.

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Two men riding in the first car were shot in the legs, Morton said.

The men who were shot were identified as Christopher O. Newman, 25, and Andrew B. Smith, 26, both of Winchester, Va., Morton said.

Morton said he believes Newman and Smith were treated and released from City Hospital, although a hospital spokeswoman could not confirm that Sunday night.

No arrests have been made in the shooting, Morton said.

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