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Police find large amounts of blood in W.Va. apartment

September 12, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police are looking for the public's help in the investigation of a shooting Saturday night at the Roberts Gardens Apartments along U.S. 11 where large amounts of blood were found inside and outside of the apartment building.

At about 11:30 p.m., state police received a call about shots being fired at the apartment complex north of Martinsburg, Sgt. Eric Burnett said.

State police were told that an assailant fired two or three shots at a victim, Burnett said. When troopers arrived at the apartments, there was a large amount of blood at the entrance to Building 245, Burnett said.

Troopers followed a trail of blood to an apartment on the first floor of the building and knocked on the door, but no one answered, said Burnett, adding that troopers could hear people inside.

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Troopers gained entry into the apartment but everyone had fled out a rear entrance, Burnett said.

There was a large amount of blood "all over the apartment," Burnett said.

Troopers were able to obtain statements from some witnesses outside, but the statements conflicted with each other and the witnesses were not cooperative, Burnett said.

Troopers contacted hospitals in West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia to see if anyone came to their facilities with gunshot wounds. As of Monday afternoon, police had not heard from any hospitals about treating anyone with gunshot wounds, Burnett said.

"We're hoping someone will call us," Burnett said.

A person who answered the phone at the Roberts Gardens Apartments Monday would not answer questions about the complex.

Roberts Gardens is one of three apartment buildings on the property. The other two buildings are Joshua Gardens Apartments and Berkeley Gardens apartments.

Burnett said troopers are interested in talking to anyone that might have information about the shooting. Anyone with information may call state police at 304-267-0001.

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