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Three shot outside Martinsburg nightclub

July 21, 2008|By DAVE MCMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va -- A crowd of about 100 people outside the Orioles nightclub along Mid Atlantic Parkway dispersed quickly after three people at the scene were shot early Sunday, said a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

Kenneth Waybright, 37, of Stephens City, Va., was in critical condition Monday morning at City Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Denzel White, 19, of Martinsburg, was in stable condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., according to a news release from Lt. Gary Harmison.

An Inova spokesman said White's name was not listed in the hospital's system Sunday night.

A third shooting victim, Dale Knight, 22, of Martinsburg, was treated at City Hospital and released, the release said.

The men were shot about 3 a.m. as about 100 people gathered in the bar's parking lot as it was closing, Harmison said in a phone interview.

When the shooting occurred, the crowd cleared out, said Harmison, who viewed a videotape from the bar's security system.

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"Basically, all you see is people running," Harmison said.

Waybright was taken from the scene by ambulance, and White and Knight were taken by private cars, Harmison said.

Harmison declined to say where on the victims' bodies they were shot. A handgun was used, Harmison said.

A black male in a silver car might have been involved, Harmison said.

Despite the large number of people at the scene, Harmison said Sunday afternoon that he was having trouble finding witnesses to talk about it.

Authorities were notified through a 911 call placed by a patron, but Harmison said he had not been able to talk to that person.

"Why no one saw it, I don't understand. I guess people are afraid," Harmison said.

Harmison said he viewed a videotape of the scene inside and outside the bar, but the shooting could not be seen on the tapes.

The Orioles nightclub is off Edwin Miller Boulevard in a building formerly occupied by Ollies Sports Lounge, Harmison said.

Anyone with information about the shootings can contact Harmison at 304-267-7000 or 304-702-2843, or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered and callers can remain anonymous, the release said.

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