In Mercer County, Police in Bluefield have 2 suspects in mind after shots are fired outside a convenience store in Mercer County. This comes less than 24 hours after a gun fight close to the same area. Bluefield Police have 2 suspects they are searching for in connection to shots fired at Hot Stop on Bland Street on Monday September 28, 2015. Investigators said the suspect was shooting at another person standing in front of Preston Place on the intersection of Elder and Preston Street above the store. Police said windows were shot out at that apartment building. A store manager of a business right across the street from where the shooting happened talked to 59News about that terrifying moment.
Ismail Saleh said, “I heard like about 16 shots between them but I’m glad nobody got hurt. The good thing yesterday, the police coming quickly. We appreciate that.”
Police said about 15 to 20 shots were fired. Injuries were not reported. Officers said one of the suspects was driving a Ford F150. They said it had bullet holes and flat tires on it.
Michael Pertee with the Bluefield West Virginia Police Department said, “We located that vehicle on Jones Street just shortly after the shooting. It’s in a seizure right now for further investigations.”
Investigators said they believe this shooting is connected to the gun fight from Sunday September 27, 2015 where windows were shot at the Cole Harley Davidson dealership on the intersection of Bland and South Street. No one was hurt.
Police are not releasing the identities of the two suspects right now. Investigators said they aren’t sure if the shootings are drug or gang related. The motive is still under investigation. The suspects face Property Damage and Wanton Endangerment charges.
Two days of gun fire along Bland St. in Bluefield, WV have police searching for suspects. The first happened near Cole Harley Davidson on Sunday night, details on that story can be found HERE. The second happened at around 12:05 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 at the Hot Stop. Police believe the two incidents may be connected.
Investigators said two suspects showed up at the convenience store and fired several shots at each other. They ran off when police showed up. The investigating officers said they have an idea who the two persons may be, but are not releasing any information on them at this time.
There were no injuries reported in either case. The shoot out at the Hot Stop did leave damage to the nearby Preston Place apartment complex located at the corner of Preston and Elder Streets. Apparently there were 15 to 20 shots fired in the incident on Monday.
Police found a Ford F150 that one of the suspects drove off in. It was located on Jones Street and had flat tires and bullet holes. Mercer County Deputies are assisting with the search. They were able to use a K9 to track down one suspect to a house, but the suspect was no longer there.
There is no word on what may have lead to the shoot outs between the suspects. The case is still under investigation. The suspects could face charges of Property Damage and Wanton Endangerment.