MU Student was First to Help Gunshot Victims

UPDATE @ 7:53pm Sunday
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two men involved in an exchange of gunshots Friday are now listed in fair condition at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

After the shots were fired, Meghan Arnold was driving by and stopped to give them medical aid. She's a journalism student at Marshall and is used to covering the news, but Friday afternoon she found herself on the other side of the story.

"After telling him to put the gun down, which was in a very panicked voice, I told him to lay down because he was going to damage himself," said Arnold.

Police say Justin Stapleton tried to rob Wayne Cook, Jr. During the robbery, police say Stapleton shot Cook several times in the stomach. Cook fired back, hitting Stapleton in the leg.

That's when Arnold arrived and did everything she could to help.

"There was a dog leash laying on the ground and I tied it around his leg to stop the bleeding," said Arnold. "Looking back I kind of did something extremely rash. Not many people stop their cars in the middle of a gun fight."

The incident has given her a different perspective on her future career.

"It's a very surreal situation because I'm not the news. I write it."



UPDATE @ 9:53am Saturday
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two men remain in the hospital Saturday morning after a shooting in Huntington.

Police say Justin Stapleton tried to rob Wayne Cook Junior Friday afternoon. They say Stapleton shot cook several times in the stomach, but Cook shot back and hit Stapleton in the leg.

Both men were found bleeding outside the apartment building and were taken to the hospital. Both are listed in serious condition.



UPDATE @ 6.37pm
Captain Mike Albers with the Huntington Police Department has released the names of the two men who were shot during a robbery attempt at an apartment in Huntington. Albers says Justin Stapleton and Wayne Cook Junior were the shooting victims.

Both have serious injuries, but they do not appear to be life threatening, according to police.

Details are not available yet which one of the two shooting victims is the robbery suspect.




UPDATE @ 4:04pm
Captain Mike Albers with the Huntington Police Department tells WSAZ.com that the shooting was apparently an attempted robbery. He says when the suspect busted into an apartment, the person inside shot at the suspect and then the suspect returned fire.

Albers says both were apparently shot during the ordeal. No word yet on how seriously they were hurt.



UPDATE @ 3:58pm
Huntington Police tell us a man busted into an apartment inside the building -- and that's when the shooting happened.



ORIGINAL STORY @ 3:29pm
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Cabell County 911 dispatchers tell WSAZ.com that two people were taken to the hospital after a shooting at an apartment building in Huntington.

A local pediatrician, Dr. Joe Evans, was driving by and stopped to help tells us two shooting victims were outside of the building -- one lying on the ground, the other standing up. The doctor says both victims were men in their twenties.

We're told a woman also stopped at the scene to help. She tied a tourniquet around one of the victim's legs.

The apartment building is in the 1300-block of Huntington Avenue.

WSAZ has a crew at the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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