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2nd man dies in recent shooting

Nov. 12, 2012 @ 04:53 PM

HUNTINGTON — A second man has died from injuries suffered in a shooting last week.

DeVante Penn, 17, of Detroit, died Sunday at a local hospital, according to a press release issued Monday by the Huntington Police Department. A state medical examiner’s autopsy determined Monday that Penn died from a single gunshot wound.

Penn’s death became the second in a shooting that occurred about 10:30 a.m. Nov. 6, at 1939 Foster Ave. It also killed Darrell Fugua, 22, of Detroit.

Fugua’s death led city police to charge Rocky Hudson Williams with murder during the commission of a felony.

The 19-year-old suspect provided a statement to police alleging he and alleged accomplice Thomas Maurice White had conspired to rob the Foster Avenue residence. Williams told police it was during that failed robbery that Fugua was shot and killed, according to a criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court.

A misdemeanor complaint, charging Charity Dawn Cornell, described 1939 Foster Ave. as a drug house occupied by multiple people who stayed at the residence. It further states those investigating the homicide found “extensive drug use and possession of narcotic medications.”

White, 21, had not been charged as of Monday morning. He remained hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries he suffered during the incident.

No charges have been filed in relation to Penn’s death, however the case remains the subject of ongoing investigation.

Police did not identify a specific triggerman in Williams’ criminal complaint, instead only alleging that Fugua died in the commission of a felony to meet the definition of murder.

Huntington Police Capt. Rick Eplin, last week, described the incident as a drug dispute that erupted into gunfire. He said investigators believe multiple gunmen were involved, but they have not pinpointed who fired what gunshots and what precipitated the exchange.

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