W. Va. Murders Believed Drug-Related; 4th Incident

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A possible shot fired near a West Virginia convenience store last night is being investigated to see if it is connected to three recent killings at other convenience stores nearby. The Associated Press says the incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. last night in Dunbar, six miles from Charleston. A girl, 16, reported being shot at from a maroon pickup, but she was not hit. It was not immediately evident that a shot actually was fired.

Investigators are leaning toward the conclusion that the killings near convenience stores in Kanawha County are drug-related. At first, the three victims were thought to be targets of a random shooter. All three were slain outside a convenience store at night, all were shot from a distance and all were shot with .22-caliber bullets.

The Charleston Gazette says that police have begun to think that at least two of the victims have some connection with the drug trade and might have been targeted by their killer. Police have not ruled out that the three were victims of a random sniper. One official said that a family member of one victim brought a person to speak with investigators who “gave us information that cocaine is possibly involved.”

Link: http://www.wvgazette.com/section/News/2003082020

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