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Martinsburg man shot twice in the leg

August 21, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 20-year-old Martinsburg man was shot twice in the leg on Monday afternoon and a Hedgesville, W.Va., man who last week was with the victim when he was arrested on charges of dealing heroin was charged in the shooting, police said.

Christian L. Lanciano was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg by his mother after the shooting in a thrift store south of Martinsburg at 4089 Winchester Ave., according to a news release by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy Cpl. B.F. Hall.

Hospital officials could not immediately provide information on Lanciano's condition, but Hall said he expected him to fully recover from wounds to the lower left leg.

"He's going to be fine," Hall said.

Jamie Lee Cochran, 27, was charged with malicious wounding and was placed in Eastern Regional Jail pending arraignment, Hall said.

According to a news release, Lanciano told Deputy Lt. Gary Harmison and Hall that he went to the thrift store about 2:30 p.m. to talk to Cochran about a legal matter.

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"He said that Cochran went into a back room when he entered the store and returned with a small handgun ... (and) Cochran started shooting at him," Hall said in the news release.

Lanciano ran out of the store and got into his mother's vehicle, where he discovered he had been shot, Hall said.

After going to the hospital to investigate a report of a gunshot victim, deputies found Cochran at the thrift shop, which Hall said is owned by Cochran.

Deputies said they found a handgun.

Last week, Lanciano was charged with possession of heroin with intent to deliver after the vehicle he was driving was stopped by police, according to court records.

Hall confirmed that court records filed in that arrest indicated that Cochran was riding in the vehicle with Lanciano at the time. He was not charged in the incident.

A K-9 helped Sheriff's deputies recover about five grams of heroin from one of Lanciano's body cavities after the vehicle was stopped along Interstate 81, according to allegations in court records.

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