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BRADLEY, WV (WVNS)3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021: One additional suspect is now under arrest in relation to a shooting investigation in Raleigh County. Christian Michael Akers, 19, of Crab Orchard is charged with two counts of Malicious Wounding and one count of Wanton Endangerment.

Akers was among the group who was travelling in the Jeep following the fight on Jan. 27, 2021. Deputies said he was the one who returned fire after he was shot by Jonathan Penn. There were two people in the car Penn was traveling in who were hit by gunfire.

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Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 3 p.m. UPDATE: An arrest was made in a shooting investigation that began on Jan. 27, 2021. Jonathan Penn, 18, of Beckley is charged with Attempted Murder, Malicious Wounding and Wanton Endangerment.

Deputies said Penn and several others were involved in a fight at a parking lot in the Bradley area. After leaving the scene the two groups were traveling down Robert C. Byrd Drive when the first car pulled over so Penn could drive. That’s when he allegedly pulled out a rifle and opened fire at the Jeep which was following. One person in the Jeep returned fire.

Penn is accused of injuring one person in the Jeep. The returned gunfire hit two people in the car Penn was traveling in.

During the investigation, deputies interviewed all parties involved, did a trajectory analysis on the gunfire and dug a bullet from a nearby house. Penn is being held in the Southern Regional Jail. His bond is set at $150,000.


Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 7 p.m. UPDATE: Two people are in the hospital following a shooting in Bradley.

Deputies with the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office along with state troopers responded to a shooting on Rt. 16 in Bradley Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Investigators said two people were shot and taken to the hospital.

The victims were identified as Jayda Manns, 18, of Mount Hope, and Anthony Pannel, 19, of Prosperity. Both remain in the hospital, the extent of their injuries is still unknown.

Anyone with information on this case should contact the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers.


ORIGINAL STORY: Law enforcement from two agencies are investigating a shooting in Raleigh County.

Dispatchers said the call for ‘shots fired’ came in at 9:28 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. They said it happened near 5th Street in Bradley. Dispatchers confirmed there were injuries, but did not disclose how many were hurt and the severity of those injuries.

West Virginia State Police and the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office are both investigating. It is unknown if there is a suspect at this time.

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