LATEST: Second victim in murder investigation dies


9 a.m. Oct. 25, 2016 UPDATE: 

Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputies said a woman who was shot in the face at a home in Kirby Addition has died.  Cathy Vance, who was in critical condition after the shooting in September, passed away on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016.  

Investigators are still looking for a suspect in the case.  That person could face two counts of murder.  Anyone with information on the crime as asked to contact the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. 304-487-8364.

ORIGINAL STORY: One person is dead and another is in critical condition after a reported shooting in Mercer County on Friday September 9, 2016.  The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation.  

Tim Hazelwood said his mother Cathy Vance was shot in the face and his distant cousin David Hazelwood was shot in the head early Friday morning on Turnbull Street.  That’s in the Kirby Addition area near Princeton.  He said it was around 3 or 4 in the morning.  Tim says he was asleep on a recliner in the living room when he heard the shots.

He said, “I thought I heard 2 gunshots and then I heard another gun shot.  I first thought I was dreaming.  When I woke up, I seen a shadow.  Whoever it was dressed in dark clothes.”

According to Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputies, 1 person was pronounced dead on scene and another is currently in critical condition.  Tim tells 59News his mother was taken to the hospital in Roanoke.  Tim said, “Mom said he shot me he shot me. She was hollering check on David.  When I went in there in the bedroom, David was face down on the bed.”  Another family member who also didn’t want to go on camera , tells 59News,  that her mother was shot in the bathroom but was still able to pick up the phone and dial 911.

Tim said, “It’s such a shock.  You always think you never dreamed of this happening to you.”  Anyone with information is asked to call the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department at 304-487-8364.


There were two people who were shot early on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 in Mercer County.  It happened at around 4:30 a.m. in the Kirby Addition which is in the Princeton, WV area.

Deputies with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office said there were two people who were shot. One of those people was killed.  The other was taken to the hospital where they are listed in critical condition.  

Tim Hazelwood, saw what happened.  He lives at the home where the shooting occurred and said he was asleep in a recliner during the incident. He said that David Hazelwood was the man who was killed.  The woman who was injured is apparently his mother.  She was taken to a hospital in Roanoke.

Investigators are searching for suspects, but have very little information available.  They are asking for anyone with information on the incident to contact the Sheriff’s Department with tips at 304-487-8364.

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