Two men shot in Martinsburg

February 13, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A 59-year-old barber was shot in the shoulder and hand, and another man was shot in the leg in an encounter with a third man Sunday night in downtown Martinsburg, police said.

Both victims' wounds were not believed to be life-threatening, according to a news release from Martinsburg Police Department Detective Sgt. G.B. Swartwood.

Troy R. Devane, of 114 W. Burke St., was taken to City Hospital for a gunshot wound to his right shoulder and hand, then taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., police said.

The second victim was identified as Jermaine Johnson, 26, of 5368 Hase Place in Washington, D.C.

A Burke Street resident was interviewed by police, admitted to being the shooter and provided authorities with the weapon, a Glock semi-automatic, .357-caliber pistol, Swartwood said.


The resident was not immediately charged or identified.

"This subject provided a recorded statement advising his involvement and the scenario which occurred during the shooting," Swartwood said. "It is believed that this subject does know the two victims in this shooting and both have been to his residence in the past."

Police were not contacted about the shooting until 8:15 a.m. Monday.

Devane told police he was shot about 10 p.m. Sunday as he was stepping out of People's Barber Shop II at 116 W. Burke St., police said.

"...He observed a white male shooting at two other males and was struck in the hand and shoulder from this incident," Swartwood said.

"He advised that he went back into the barber shop and did not know where everyone else went after the shooting ... he believed the subject doing the shooting resided next door at 114 W. Burke St."

Swartwood said evidence recovered by investigators, including West Virginia State Police trooper Z.L. Nine and D.S. See, appeared to indicate the shooting happened "in or near the stairwell of 114 W. Burke St., a former florist shop with apartments upstairs.

"Two shell casings were located in the stairwell," Swartwood said. "One casing was located in the roadway near the residence."

Barbershop owner Edwin Ramirez, of Inwood, W.Va., said the police were at his business at 116 W. Burke St.when he arrived Monday morning and that he only knew that his employee had been shot.

Ramirez said he hired Devane about six months ago and allowed him to stay in a back room of the barbershop until he was able to find an apartment.

Ramirez said Devane was contracted to work at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center near Martinsburg before he came to work with him. The man had family in North Carolina, he said.

"Good person, funny guy ... I don't know what happened," Ramirez said.

There were droplets of blood on the sidewalk at the entrance to the barbershop, and Nine and See identified at least five evidence location sites across the street in front of Ye Olde Laundromat.

Upon arriving at the crime scene, Laundromat owner Doug Craigo said he discovered the office door to his business "kicked in." He said a coin counter was stolen.

"I got it all on video," said Craigo, who was unaware of the shooting incident.

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