Man wanted in drive-by shooting still at-large

July 21, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police were still searching Tuesday for the man who allegedly shot a teenager in the upper left thigh Monday afternoon in a drive-by shooting.

Berkeley County Magistrate Scott Paugh issued an arrest warrant Monday night charging Bernard Anthony "Beeno" Jennings, 25, with one felony count of malicious wounding.

Officers with the Martinsburg Police Department were looking for Jennings, who is originally from New York and had been living in the Martin's Landing apartment complex in Martinsburg.


Jennings is a black man, 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighing 150 to 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red shirt and black skullcap, police said.

The victim, William Hess, 18, of Martinsburg, was first taken to City Hospital and then transferred to another facility. A spokeswoman at that facility said Tuesday evening that Hess was in stable condition.

Martinsburg Police Department Sgt. Brian Yost said two shots were fired from a red Acura on Porter Avenue at around 4:45 p.m. Monday. One hit Hess and the other hit a parked minivan, which was not occupied at the time.

Hess was the only person injured.

A large-caliber handgun was used in the shooting, but has not been found, Yost said.

Police allege that Jennings was the driver of the car and other people were inside, but no other arrest warrants have been issued, Yost said.

Although police have not released a motive for the shooting, Yost said Hess and Jennings were members of groups that did not get along.

Several people witnessed the shooting and identified Jennings as the person who fired the gun, police said. Officers have said Jennings may be in Keyser, W.Va.

Anyone with information can call the Martinsburg Police Department at 304-264-2100.

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