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Man dies after 'chaos' reported

October 11, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A Martinsburg man who was found lying in the northbound lane of U.S. 11 early Sunday after police were called to a shooting in the area of Champs Bar and Grill has died, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The victim was identified as Carlton Edward Robinson, 25, of 119 Church St., according to a press release from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Police responded to the scene after 911 dispatchers were notified at about 1:30 a.m. about shots being fired in the area of Champs, the news release said.

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Champs is a short distance south of the intersection of W.Va. 9, U.S. 11 and W.Va. 45.

When Deputy William Christian responded to the bar, he found a "chaotic scene," which included people fighting, the news release said.

More police had to be called to the scene to restore order, the news release said.

Witnesses said the people who fired the gun fled the area in a large, gold-colored sport utility vehicle, said Lt. K.C. Bohrer.

Three spent shell casings were found outside the front door of Champs, Bohrer said.

Robinson was found lying on U.S. 11 in front of Penn Liquors, the release said.

Although it is not believed Robinson was shot, police are trying to determine if the shooting and the discovery of Robinson lying in the highway are connected, the release said.

A shattered pool cue was found near Robinson's body and he had injuries that may be consistent with being struck by a car, police said.

Robinson was taken to City Hospital and later flown to Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center, police said. Robinson died at Washington Hospital Center Sunday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said Sunday night.

Robinson was wanted by authorities in Winchester, Va., for aggravated assault, police said. Bohrer said he does not know the details of that case.

Bohrer, an investigator with the sheriff's department, arrived later at the scene.

Bohrer said he did not know how many people had gathered outside the bar or why the gunshots were fired.

"The guys that were there said it was a bad situation," Bohrer said Sunday night.

Bohrer said Robinson's death cannot be classified as a homicide because it is unclear how he was injured.

Robinson's death "intensifies" the situation, Bohrer said.

"It's more serious for whoever did it," Bohrer said.

Anyone with information about the incident can call the sheriff's department at 304-267-7000 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

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