N.Y. man wanted in W.Va. shooting of motorist

October 12, 2006|From Staff reports

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was taken to the hospital after being shot Wednesday afternoon by another man near the intersection of Rosedale Cemetery and Golf Course roads, police said.

According to a press release, police on Wednesday evening were searching for a New York man wanted in the incident.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputies who responded to the scene found Derrick Spencer, 28, shot multiple times in the chest, a press release states. Spencer was taken to City Hospital, then flown to a Washington, D.C., hospital, where his condition was unknown, the release states.

Witnesses said Spencer's vehicle was flagged down by an individual he knows as "Slim," who was driving a vehicle in the opposite direction. When Spencer approached "Slim," the other man allegedly shot Spencer several times before fleeing the scene, the release states.

According to a press release, the shooting happened at 3:45 p.m.

According to the release, witnesses positively identified a photo of Savanne Antonio Hemmings, 26, of Ozone Park, N.Y., as "Slim," and a warrant for his arrest for malicious wounding was issued. He is a black man, 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds, the release states. He has a tatoo of Chinese writing on his forearm and a tatoo of an apple with a worm on his shoulder, the release states.


He is considered armed and dangerous.

According to the release, Hemmings was operating a green 1996 Ford Explorer with the West Virginia registration of BG30092.

At the scene, Sheriff W. Randy Smith assisted investigating deputies who searched for bullet shell casings with a metal detector and noted other measurements on the road, which was cordoned off with police tape.

It wasn't clear how long Golf Course Road was closed.

Anyone with information about Hemmings or his vehicle may contact police at 304-267-7000 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

Staff writers Karen Hanna and Matthew Umstead contributed to this story.

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