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Shooting outside Brushfork Armory still under investigation

Feb. 27—By GREG JORDAN

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — An investigation was continuing Monday as the Mercer County Sheriff's Department sought information about a shooting outside the Brushfork Armory which left one person injured.

Mercer County 911 was notified Feb. 23 around 8:20 p.m. about possible gunshots in the Brushfork National Guard Armory's parking lot.

Officers with the sheriff's department that were working the conclusion of the Boys Sectional Basketball game taking place there responded at which time they located an adult male subject with a single gunshot wound, said Capt. Jesse J. Ruble with the sheriff's department.

Officers along with members of the Bluefield Fire Department provided medical attention until a rescue squad arrived at the armory. The shooting victim was transported to WVU Medicine Bluefield Emergency Room (formerly Bluefield Regional Medical Center) where he was listed in stable condition. Officers were able to speak to witnesses on scene.

The investigation was continuing Monday, Ruble said.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Matt Hatfield with the Mercer County Sheriffs Department at 304-487-8364.

Mercer County Schools Superintendent Edward T. Toman issued a statement soon after the shooting.

"We are heartbroken and outraged by the violence and shooting that took place tonight at the Brushfork Armory parking lot after the high school boys' basketball sectional athletic game between Bluefield High and Summers County High Schools," Toman said

Toman said the shooting had nothing to do with the schools systems, the students or the game, but "a group of individuals brought their issues to a facility and youth event that should always be safe for all."

"We greatly appreciate our local law enforcement, first responders and administration in their immediate response and willingness to provide help. I am confident justice will be served on the individuals who invoked fear and harm in our community," Toman said. "Please know we will do everything in our power to keep our students, staff, families and fans safe and incidents of this manner will not be tolerated."

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com