DRUGS BELIEVED CAUSE OF JACKSON AVENUE KILLING

UPDATED: Two Separate Shooting Fatalities in Huntington

Updated 21 weeks ago by Tony E. Rutherford, News Editor
An object within the Jackson Avenue crime scene
An object within the Jackson Avenue crime scene

Two shooting fatalities rattled Huntington Monday night.

At about 9:51 p.m. police responded  to a shooting call in 1300 block of Eighth Avenue where a victim had been,according to a 911 dispatch,   shot in the face.  Police found a deceased male victim in a grassy area of 1305 Eighth Avenue, according to Lt. John Williams. 

UPDATED: Two Separate Shooting Fatalities in Huntington

Later, a second person died  of a gunshot wound at 1005  Jackson  Avenue .  The unrelated incident began as a domestic violence call, Williams said in a press release. The call was upgraded to a shooting at about 11:10 p.m. Monday night, June 23. Upon arrival, police found a male suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Garrett Ray Hatten , 19, the resident of 1005 Jackson Avenue died despite Cabell County EMS efforts to save him, Lt. Williams said.

Preliminary investigation indicates that several people went to the victim's home , where an altercation occurred . One of those involved in a fight on the side lawn shot Hatten. Those involved fled the scene in two vehicles.

UPDATED: Two Separate Shooting Fatalities in Huntington

"I know that the two cars pulled up here in the neighborhood, and pulled across the street, they went over there fought with him and another girl and then out of the blue done came out and shot him," said neighbor Jack Saunders.

The suspect wanted in connection to the shooting is described as a white male with medium skin tones, 5'7" medium build, and at the time wearing jeans and a light T-shirt. That suspect fled in a maroon colored SUV, driven by another white male, Williams said.

No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to call 304-696-4444.

UPDATED: Two Separate Shooting Fatalities in Huntington

Neighbors spoke in both hushed whispers and loud despair minutes as they  relayed information by cell phones minutes after the shooting. 

HNN has been told by one individual that he   observed prior to the report  several people walking up the 1000 block of Jackson Avenue. They appeared to be arguing. The source then heard one gun shot.

Five to seven acquaintances came to the home, police believe. Jack Saunders, a neighbor told WSAZ, "I know that the two cars pulled up here in the neighborhood, and pulled across the street, they went over there fought with him and another girl and then out of the blue done came out and shot him."

 

 

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