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UPDATE: Man Charged in "Unintentional" Deadly Huntington Shooting

By: WSAZ News Staff, Dan Griffin Email
By: WSAZ News Staff, Dan Griffin Email
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It happened in March, in the Highlawn neighborhood on Latulle Avenue. Huntington Police called it an "unintentional shooting".

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UPDATE 4/18/14 @ 5:20 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man has been indicted in a deadly shooting that police said at the time was "unintentional."

Stephen Lawrence, 22, was shot and killed at a home along Latulle Avenue in Huntington in March.

This month, a Cabell County Grand Jury indicted Jerry Wright, Jr., of Huntington, on a wanton endangerment charge in connection with the shooting.

According to the indictment, Wright, Jr. unlawfully, feloniously, and knowingly performed an act with a firearm which created a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury.

At the time of the shooting, Huntington Police says Lawrence and two other men were sitting around drinking and passing around a shotgun. They say the gun went off, hitting Lawrence in the chest, and killing him.



UPDATE 3/27/14 @ 5:28 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A shooting in Huntington Wednesday night has family and friends mourning a loss, while police put together pieces of evidence.

It happened around 9:00 p.m. in the Highlawn neighborhood on Latulle Avenue.

"This is so shocking to me, he was just a great father, took care of his little brother," said Ryan Cremeans.

Hard words for Ryan Cremeans, a friend of Stephen Lawrence, 22, who was killed Wednesday night by gunfire.

"Just blows my mind," said Cremeans.

Huntington Police said it was an unintentional shooting.

They said Lawrence and two other men passed a shotgun around while drinking.

A lieutenant said Lawrence knew at least one of the men.

Officials said Lawrence was "manipulating the gun" when it fired into his chest, killing him.

"I don't understand that situation, there has to be more to that situation," said Cremeans.

Huntington Police said Lawrence brought the shotgun from his home, just one street over on Guyan Avenue.

"There were some issues with the individual and why he had the shotgun, we really don't want to go into it this point," said Huntington Police Lt. John Williams.

Witnesses told police they believed the gun was unloaded and were shocked when it went off.

But that's no consolation for neighbors who heard the gunshot. "Like a boom sound, then it was like a thump," said Shelley Crank.

Police said there was no sign of a fight or altercation. But neighbors said they've heard arguments recently.

"We was scared, me and my daughter was scared," said Crank.

After all of the commotion, neighbors hope this shooting, though seemingly an accident, will be the last.

NewsChannel 3 also reached out to the two men who were inside of the apartment when the gun was fired. One of them was emotional and declined to comment. The other said he didn't know Stephen Lawrence until Wednesday night and called it a "freak accident".

Huntington Police said Lawrence was sent for an autopsy and the cause of death has been determined to be from the gunshot.

Police said the case will be passed on to the Cabell County Prosecutor and will be presented to a future grand jury to determine if charges should be filed.

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UPDATE 3/27/14 @ 9:50 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Huntington Police have identified a man who was shot and killed Wednesday evening at a home on Latulle Avenue.

Police say Stephen A. Lawrence, 22, of Huntington, took his shotgun to the home in the 2700 block of Latulle Avenue.

Lawrence and two other men were drinking at the home, and police say Lawrence was manipulating the shotgun and passing it around when the gun went off.

Police say Lawrence was shot in the chest and died at the scene.

The two men that were at the home were detained, according to Huntington Police. They were released.

Police say they will consult with the Cabell County Prosecutor's Office and present the case to the grand jury to determine if charges will be filed.

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UPDATE 3/26/14 @ 9:35 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man has died Wednesday night after a shooting in the 2700 block of Latulle Avenue, and two people are being questioned, Huntington Police say.

The man was dead when Cabell County EMS crews arrived at the home.

His name has not been released.

The shooting was reported just before 9 p.m. Wednesday. Police say alcohol was involved in the incident.

Latulle Avenue is located in the Highlawn community of Huntington. Police say the two people in custody are cooperating with the investigation.

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ORIGINAL STORY 3/26/14 @ 9:11 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A person was shot in the chest on Wednesday night in the 2700 block of Latulle Avenue, Cabell County 911 dispatchers say.

It was reported just before 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The person reportedly was shot with a shotgun.

We have a crew at the scene.

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