UPDATE: Girlfriend of victim in fatal Beckley shooting speaks out

Top Stories

Update 3/28/2020 6:40 p.m.: Meghan Bange told 59 News her boyfriend, Adam Bange, was the man shot and killed in a shooting at the Hargrove Street Apartments Saturday morning. She said her boyfriend heard a bunch of commotion outside and went to check it out.

“He just wanted to make sure that they were all right and came out to make sure that they were okay and confronted the guy…. When he was walking away from them, they got shot,” Bange said.

The shooter, Eric Burkhart, was arrested after police found him with a handgun near the scene. He is being charged with First Degree Murder, Malicious Wounding and three-counts of Wanton Endangerment. Meghan Bange said she and Adam barely knew Burkhart.

“I think Adam knew of him, but it wasn’t someone that we dealt with on a daily basis, no,” Meghan added.

Meghan is left shocked, with a broken heart… but said she will always have the memories of her boyfriend to hold onto.

“I love you, Adam,” she cried.

UPDATE 3/28/2020 1:45 p.m.: Beckley Police have released new information regarding a fatal shooting at the Hargrove Street Apartments:

Beckley Police Detectives are investigating an early morning shooting at the Hargrove Street Apartments located at 222 Hargrove Street that left one man dead, one female injured and one man behind bars.  

Officers responded to a shots fired call just after midnight after a verbal altercation led to gunshots at the Hargrove Street Apartments.  Cpl Gravely and Ptl. Sweetser arrived on-scene within minutes and quickly took, 31-year-old, Eric W. Burkhart of Stanaford into custody a short distance from the location of the shooting.  Burkhart had handgun.

Additional officers responded to the apartment complex where they located two victims, a 31-year-old white man and a 42-year-old black woman suffering from gunshot wounds.  The male victim succumbed to his wounds and died on-scene. The woman was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  The victims names are being withheld pending notification of family members. 

An investigation conducted by Detective Sgt. Bragg and Detective Cpl. Walters led to Burkhart being charged with First Degree Murder, Malicious Wounding and three-counts of Wanton Endangerment.  Burkhart is being held at the Southern Regional Jail.

Cpl Cuevas and Cpl. Deems, members of the Beckley Police Department Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene, processed the scene, obtained surveillance video, collected evidence and assisted investigators.

Additional details will be released as they become available and the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Beckley Police Department Detective Bureau at 304-256-1708 or Crime Stoppers of WV via their free P3 Tips available for download at crimestopperswv.com. 


BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) – One person is dead after a shooting broke out an apartment complex in Beckley.

Beckley Police Detective Lt. David Allard told 59 News the incident happened just after midnight on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the Hargrove Street Apartments. When police arrived they found a man and a woman had been shot.

The man died as a result of his injuries. The woman’s condition is unknown. Det. Allard confirmed one man has been arrested and charged with first degree murder.

No names are being released at this time.

This is developing story. Stay with 59 News for more details.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

West Virginia News

More West Virginia News

Virginia News

More Virginia News

Trending Stories