Arrest in shooting case

A Fairmont police officer checks a bullet hole Tuesday afternoon in the windshield of a car. Police said a 16-year-old Ohio boy riding in the car was seriously wounded Monday night when a Fairmont man fired at the car. The investigation is continuing while the youth is being treated for a wound in the upper abdomen, Police Chief Steve Cain said.

A Fairmont man was arrested late Tuesday afternoon after he shot at a car late Monday night and seriously wounded a 16-year-old boy from Ohio, city police said.

The boy, whose identity is being withheld while police determine his role in the incident, was in stable condition at a Morgantown hospital Tuesday afternoon, Police Chief Steve Cain said.

The boy was wounded in the upper abdomen. His parents traveled Tuesday to Morgantown to be at his side, Cain said.

Police are still recreating the events in the incident. It started about 10:15 p.m. Monday with calls from residents about hearing gunshots fired in their neighborhood, the chief said.

Police know the youth traveled to Fairmont with several other individuals. Police are still interviewing them, Cain said.

Shortly after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, police arrested a man identified as Terrell Evans, age and address unavailable, for shooting at the car in which the teen was a passenger.

Evans was arrested at a house on Wheeling Street not far from Chicago Street, Cain said.

He said Evans is believed to be in his late teens or early 20s. Police have also found a gun, but whether it was the one used to fire at the car is unknown.

The arrest capped an intensive overnight investigation by city police and officers with the Three Rivers Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force. The force is made up of undercover city police officers and deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

Residents in the area from Chicago Street to Howard Street started calling police with “shots fired” reports about 10:15 p.m.

While city police were checking those reports, a call came in to the county’s 911 center at about 10:20 p.m. from a house at 319 East Park Ave. The address is on the city’s East Side, almost directly across the Monongahela River from the Chicago Street to Howard Street area.

The caller reported there was an individual who had been shot and wounded.

When police and an ambulance arrived at the house, which is divided into several apartments, they found the teen outside in the yard, Cain said.

While the youth was rushed to the Morgantown hospital, police then began searching for witnesses and a white-colored Chevrolet four-door sedan.

At about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, deputies with the sheriff’s department found a vehicle matching that description in answering a call at a residence near the city.

The occupants of a home near the intersection of Hopewell Road and the East Grafton Road (W.Va. Route 310) called 911 to report a vehicle had struck the house.

“The noise of the impact was so loud that they thought that was what had occurred,” Sheriff Junior Slaughter said. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene.

It turns out the car — now clearly identified as a 2002 white Chevrolet Malibu sedan — had run off the road and into a chain link fence, he said. The deputies called city police.

They had the car towed to the garage in the city’s Public Safety Building where it was searched.

After questioning Evans, city police were going to take him to the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County. He will be arraigned today in magistrate court, probably by videoconference from the jail, Cain said.

E-mail Bill Byrd at bbyrd@timeswv.com.

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