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Club bouncer hospitalized after shooting in W.Va.

April 11, 2005|by DON AINES

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An employee of Champs Night Club was shot and seriously injured Sunday morning outside the club, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The unidentified 34-year-old man was shot once in the abdomen shortly before 4 a.m. as he was walking out of the club at 1301 Winchester Ave., said Deputy Matthew Rephann. The man was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, Rephann said.

"He's been through several surgeries," he said of the Winchester, Va., man who worked as a bouncer at the club. Rephann said he called the hospital Sunday evening and was told the man was in critical condition.

Rephann said the name of the victim was not being released by the sheriff's office Sunday night.

The name of a person questioned by the office in connection with the shooting also was not released, Rephann said.

"We received information on a possible suspect and located that person in Morgan County," he said. The man was brought back to Berkeley County, questioned and released, Rephann said.

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"We believe this occurred as a result of an incident that happened in the bar earlier that night," he said, referring to an altercation in which the bouncer was involved.

The victim was apparently shot from a distance. Several shots were fired, but no one else was injured and there were no other witnesses to the shooting, according to Rephann.

Anyone with information about the shooting may call the sheriff's department at 304-267-7000.

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