Two killed in unrelated shootings
HUNTINGTON — Two men died late Monday in separate, unrelated shootings in Huntington, authorities report.
The shootings happened at 9:50 p.m. Monday killing Eugene Scott Walmsley, at 1305 8th Ave., followed by the 11:30 p.m. shooting death of Garrett Ray Hatten at his 1005 Jackson Ave. residence. Both men died at their respective crime scenes.
Huntington Police Lt. John Williams said the shootings are unrelated. He made that comment and released Walmsley’s name at a late morning press conference.
Williams described information and witnesses in the 8th Avenue shooting as “very limited,” while he seemed more optimistic about a quick arrest in the Jackson Avenue case saying suspects may be named later Tuesday.
Initial reports indicated Walmsley, 33, of the Detroit area, suffered gunshot wounds to the face. Williams neither confirmed nor denied that report.
Williams said a traffic stop just after midnight Tuesday by the Ohio State Highway Patrol in reality had no connection with either shooting. It occurred at the Speedway gasoline station near Walmart along U.S. 52 in Burlington, Ohio.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Karla Taulbee said the reported 8th Avenue shooting suspect was not in the vehicle. She said both occupants, a man and woman, were held at gunpoint per protocol, interviewed at the scene by Huntington Police and released with the vehicle. No citation was issued.
The Jackson Avenue incident was initially described as a domestic disturbance, however Williams said witness reports proved inaccurate. He explained the entire incident involved five to seven people who arrived at Hatten’s residence and engaged in a physical dispute with the 19-year-old victim.
Their visit led to some type of fight in Hatten’s front yard and eventually gunfire, Williams said.
Hatten suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. He died at the scene despite the life saving efforts of paramedics, Williams said.
Investigators believe the suspected gunman left in a maroon sport-utility vehicle, one of two vehicles said to have taken those involved from Hatten’s residence. The maroon vehicle was later found parked just outside of Huntington and confiscated by police.
Williams described Hatten’s gunman as 5-foot-7 with a medium build and skin tone. He was wearing jeans a light T-shirt.
Detectives urge anyone with information about either shooting to call the Huntington Police Department tip line at 304-696-4444.
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