Huntington has a nervous Monday; Shots and Rumors

Updated 1 year ago Edited by Tony Rutherford from Multiple Reports

A man found shot to death in the 1900 block of Third Avenue has been identified. Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial identified  Alvin Jamal Vicks, 30, of Detroit ,who was found about 3:30 a.m. near City National Bank.

Witnesses and 911 posted "four or five shots" fired. Since the location is across from Marshall University facilities, the university sent out a shooting alert at 4:10 a.m. advising that the Third Avenue intersection be avoided. 

Dial has not issued other details; however, based on prior incidents the drive by shooting of a Detroit victim suggests possible drug involvement. 



A Mid morning social media (Snap Chat) "rumor" resulted in pro active police investigation of the apparent Huntington High School shooting threat.  The school did not go into "lock down," but security was tightened and HPD sent added officers. 

As the police presence became known on social media, some parents headed to the school where they were permitted to pick up  their child.

The Cabell County Board of Education sent out an automated phone call to parents explaining that the police investigation of the violence rumor was negative and that the school day would be completed albeit with enhanced security. 


 Police and a SWAT team investigated a gun shot fired at the downtown Holiday Inn Express (soon to be Delta) next to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and Pullman Square about 5:45 p.m. Monday afternoon. 

Chief Hank Dial indicated at least one bullet penetrated a wall and entered an unoccupied Fourth Floor room. 

Although the number of shots is disputed by witnesses Dial said that Joseph Tyler Bouye, 36, of South Carolina has been charged with accidentally discharging a firearm, a misdemeanor. 


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