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Weekend shooting drug related

Jan. 28, 2013 @ 03:24 PM

HUNTINGTON — A Saturday night shooting was a drug-related, targeted incident between a teenage victim and assailants known to each other, according to a Monday afternoon update provided by Huntington Police Lt. John Williams.

The victim, 17, remained sedated and seriously injured Monday afternoon with three gunshot wounds, but her condition is improving, Williams said.

Anyone with more information about the incident should call Huntington Police at 304-696-4444.

The incident occurred just before 10 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of 19th Street and West 5th Avenue. Police responded to the scene and found the girl, whose name was not released, on the ground in the middle of the intersection, according to Huntington Police Lt. John Williams. She had suffered multiple gunshot wounds to her upper body.

Rumors that the girl was found naked in the intersection are not true, Williams said. She was taken to a local hospital, where she underwent surgery early Sunday.

The girl, a Huntington resident, had spent much of the evening at a friend's house about a half-block east of the shooting, Williams said. The girl told her friends she had to leave the house to do something and would be back. A few minutes later, the girl's friends heard gunshots, Williams said.

"Her friends said she hasn't had problems with anyone recently," Williams said. "No one really knows why or they're not saying."

Williams said early Sunday evening that the girl was sedated and in intensive care at a local hospital.

"I'm sure she will be able to clarify a lot of things," Williams said. "We're kind of in a holding pattern until we can interview her and figure out which way to go with this."

A handgun and shell casings were found at the scene, and motorists who were driving through the intersection during the shooting provided a general description of two suspects, Williams said.

They are described as a black male and a white male. Both are believed to be in their teens with average builds and wearing dark clothing at the time of the incident. They fled south on foot, Williams said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department at 304-696-4444.

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