Shooting victim remains hospitalized

April 21, 2006|by ROBERT SNYDER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A shooting victim who was treated early Wednesday in Martinsburg with face and upper arm injuries is being investigated in connection with a shooting that might have occurred during an attempted burglary in Berkeley County, city police said Thursday.

Martinsburg City Police responded to a call from City Hospital for an 18-year old Martinsburg resident who was being treated for a gunshot wound. The man later was transferred to Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center, police said.

The victim informed police about the reported shooting and indicated areas where it might have occurred, according to a news release issued Thursday by Martinsburg Police Detective Sgt. G.B. Swartwood.

Swartwood said the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department is conducting a joint investigation with city police into a shooting incident being investigated by that department.


Sheriff's department Chief Deputy Ken Lemaster said the department is investigating a shooting that might be connected to three reported burglaries - two at area residences and one at a construction site - that occurred this week.

Lemaster said the man the sheriff's department is investigating remains hospitalized with injuries that were described as not life-threatening. The man has not been interviewed by deputies, Lemaster said.

Lemaster said a vehicle being investigated in connection with the alleged burglaries was processed by the sheriff's department Thursday.

The vehicle was found Wednesday afternoon abandoned along Shepherd Grade Road in Jefferson County, according to police.

Items discovered in the car are being investigated to determine if they are stolen, Lemaster said.

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