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Friend says man shot trying to reach his son

August 01, 2005|by DON AINES

MARTINSBURG, W.VA.

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

A Shepherdstown, W.Va., man shot in the parking lot of a motel Saturday morning went there out of concern for his young son, a family member and friend said Sunday.

Ronald Kidrick, 30, of Ray Street, was shot in the head at about 5:20 a.m. in the parking lot of the Relax Inn at 1022 Winchester Ave. in Martinsburg, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department. Kidrick was later taken off life support at Martinsburg City Hospital and his organs donated to four people, cousin Stephanie Kidrick of Martinsburg said.

"My uncle just lost his wife in October and now he has to bury his son," Stephanie Kidrick said of her cousin's father, Ronald W. Kidrick, whose wife, Sarah, died of cancer last year.

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Police are looking for Dant Brown as a "person of interest" in the case. He was still at large Sunday night, according to Capt. K.C. Bohrer. Police said they have little information on Brown, who is believed to be from the Baltimore area.

"Mr. Brown appears to be a man of the streets," Bohrer said Sunday. He said police have a name and a picture, but not enough information to run a criminal background check.

Authorities in Baltimore have been notified that Brown is being sought, Bohrer said.

On Saturday, the department got a warrant for Brown on a charge of malicious wounding.

Kidrick's friend, Christopher Petrucci, said Kidrick received several calls in the hours before the shooting and, on at least one of them, spoke with his 5-year-old son Trjan, who was staying in the motel with his mother, Kidrick's former girlfriend, Mary Davis.

Petrucci said Kidrick, who did not own a car, asked him to drive him from Shepherdstown to the motel.

"His little boy had been calling him and wanted him to pick him up," Petrucci said Sunday night.

When they arrived, Petrucci was parking the car when Kidrick "got out and left the car door open and took off," Petrucci said.

Petrucci said he was closing the sunroof and windows of his vehicle and had gotten out to close the door Kidrick left open when he heard one shot.

"It wasn't but a matter of seconds before he left the car and I heard" the shot, Petrucci said.

"I headed to where I heard the children screaming," he said. A car went by him with two people inside, but he could not give police a description, he said.

Petrucci said Kidrick had no time to go inside the motel room before he was shot. He said he saw Davis and two children in the parking lot moments after Kidrick was shot.

Petrucci also said he did not think Kidrick had enough time to assault Michael Moneypenney, 23, of Gerrardstown, W.Va., who told police he was pistol-whipped by Kidrick.

"Mr. Moneypenney seems to know Mr. Kidrick and said it was him," Bohrer said.

Petrucci and Stephanie Kidrick said they had never heard of Dant Brown before the shooting. Stephanie Kidrick said she had never heard of Moneypenney, either.

Both said Kidrick's romantic relationship with Davis had been over for sometime.

"They had to have contact with each other because they were raising a child together," she said.

Only one of the boys at the motel was related to Kidrick, Stephanie Kidrick said. She said the other was Davis' child with another man.

"I can definitely say it was not anything involving a love triangle," she said.

"Mr. Brown was involved in some way or fashion with Miss Davis," Bohrer said.

Ronald Kidrick graduated from Jefferson High School in Shepherdstown in 1992, Stephanie Kidrick said. In addition to a son, he has an older daughter from another relationship and was expecting a child with another woman, she said.

She and Petrucci said Kidrick worked as a flagman on a road crew, but had no more specific information.

Petrucci said he went to high school with Kidrick and had become good friends in the past three years.

"This wasn't real when I heard it," Petrucci said. "I can't comprehend it."

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