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Charges are filed in Martinsburg shootings

January 30, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An 18-year-old man was shot in the leg early Monday in Martinsburg at the apartment of a man who was arraigned hours later on charges stemming from a Jan. 19 shooting in the city, police said.

"We believe the two shootings are related to each other," Martinsburg Police Department Sgt. G.W. Swartwood said Monday.

The first incident at 104 S. Kentucky Ave., allegedly involved 30-year-old Martinsburg resident Shane Thomas Brady, who is charged with three felony counts of wanton endangerment, Berkeley County Magistrate Court records show. Magistrate Sandra L. Miller set a $225,000 cash-only bond for Brady.

The second shooting reported at 1:45 a.m. Monday happened at Brady's residence at 221 W. Race. St., Apt. 2, and Swartwood said investigators are attempting to identify three people of interest.

A security camera videotape retrieved by police on Monday shows the three individuals walking to the rear of Brady's residence "just seconds before three gunshots are heard," Swartwood said.

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One of the rounds, apparently fired from .22-caliber gun, struck Justin Kackley in the leg, court records show. Kackley was treated at City Hospital and then released, Swartwood said.

During the investigation of the second shooting, Brady was implicated in the earlier South Kentucky Avenue incident and Swartwood said the accused confessed Monday.

Police said someone fired a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol five times through an opening in the rear door window of the South Kentucky Avenue home, but none of the three residents at home at the time was injured.

"...(Brady) advised he did the shooting because the people on Kentucky Avenue had broken into his house on West Race Street and had stolen a safe that contained money and marijuana," according to a complaint Swartwood filed in magistrate court.

"He also (said) that someone put a gun to his head during this break-in and had tried to shoot him."

The day before the South Kentucky Avenue shooting, Brady's roommate told police their apartment was burglarized and reported "personal items" missing, Swartwood said.

Three residents of the South Kentucky Avenue home told police they heard the gunshots and one of them saw the shooter "push his arm through the cardboard on the back door glass and begin to fire the weapon," Swartwood said.

On Jan. 23, police retrieved a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol from the back porch of 622 W. Race St. that matched the type of weapon used in the South Kentucky Avenue shooting, but Brady and his roommate denied any knowledge of the incident when questioned that same day, Swartwood said.

Anyone who can identify the three subjects recorded on the video surveillance camera Monday or has information regarding this shooting may call the Martinsburg Police Department at 304-264-2100 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

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