W. Va. Shooting Link Confirmed; Drug Angle Checked

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The same weapon was used to kill two people shot outside Kanawha County, W. Va., convenience stores 10 miles apart last Thursday night. Tests are continuing on the bullet used in a third killing near a convenience store. The Charleston Gazette says that investigators are yet to determine if the victims “were targeted for some reason or were simply the random picks of a sniper.”

One law enforcement official said some residents of the Campbells Creek area where the two victims lived believed the cases are drug-related. “They could've known something or had a relative or friend into it,” the official said. “Sometimes you're killed for what you know.” Said Charleston Police Chief Jerry Pauley: “Some of the evidence points that direction [drugs] and some doesn't.”

Aided by the FBI, local investigators had conducted more than 100 interviews as of yesterday.

Link: http://www.wvgazette.com/section/News/2003081917

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