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UPDATE: Suspect in custody in connection with Montcalm shooting

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Detective J. D.. Ellison with the Mercer County Sheriff's Department told 59News on Thursday morning, John Smith shot Eric Earnest in the stomach. Ellison said it started with an argument between the two men.


Emotions were high in Montcalm on Thursday following the shooting. Neighbors were not surprised to hear of the shooting in their area, because they say, violence is unfortunately all too common in their neighborhood.


"4 people live in that residence, the 2 couples. Smith and Earnest were the 2 male counterparts. I don't know if it's an isolated incident, I'm not aware of any cause but the shooting appears to have happened during an argument" the detective said.


A neighbor of the two men told us crime in this community is unfortunately all too common.


"I've lived here for 35 years and there has been a lot of violence in this area so nothing would surprise me one bit," said neighbor Ramona Hudgins.


Neighbors say all they can do now is pray for the swift recovery of the victim.


"I don't know the people personally but I do pray for them and I hope that God will provide an answer to all the violence and that's all we can do is pray," said Hudgins.


Hudgins said the news of shooting takes away her sense of security.


"I wonder whose going to be next? Is it going to be me? That's what was going through my mind when this happened. Will it be me?" she said.


Detective Ellison told 59News at this point, this shooting does not appear to be drug or alcohol related.

Earnest was taken to Bluefield Regional Medical Center

It is unclear at this time if his injury is life threatening.

Smith is charged with malicious wounding, attempt to commit a felony and attempted murder.

A preliminary hearing will be scheduled within the next 10 days.









Deputies are on the scene of a shooting that happened at around 9:46 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014.  The incident happened in the Methodist Hill area of Montcalm in Mercer County. Investigators said that the two couples were living at the home.  An argument between the men ended when John Smith allegedly shot Eric Earnest in the stomach.  Earnest was taken to Bluefield Regional Medical Center, but there is no word on his condition at this time.  Smith is in custody, but no charges have officially been filed in the case.  He is expected to be arraigned in Mercer County magistrate court on Thursday afternoon.


59News has a crew on the scene.  Watch for more details here and on the air.