UPDATE: Homecoming Party Ends in Shooting; University Says Event Was Unauthorized

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Email

UPDATE 10/4/13 @ 6:55 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- What was billed as a college homecoming party ended with two people in the hospital early Friday morning. But West Virginia State University says the party was not authorized by the school and wasn't an official event.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies and Charleston Police arrived at the Moose Lodge along Kanawha Boulevard in Charleston just after 2 a.m. Friday. The man in charge at the lodge said he called them when a fight broke out in the parking lot. As deputies got out of their cars, they said they heard gun shots and saw cars and people rushing away from the parking lot.

"They were just all different directions pulling out here, speeding away," Sgt. B.E. Borchers with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department said. "It was hard to tell who was actually involved in the fight and who was just leaving because there was gunfire on the parking lot."

Borchers said most of the people in the crowd appeared to be in their 20s and that some of them had out-of-state license plates on their cars.

"There are a lot of people who are visiting, a lot of people who may be in town for different functions, but this was a private party," Cpl. Brian Humphreys said. "Although there may have been people in town for that, for homecoming, this was not a sanctioned event."

Kimberly Osborne, a spokeswoman for W.V.S.U., said in a statement Friday, "The safety and security of the entire campus community, including our students, is of the utmost importance to West Virginia State University. The tragic early morning event occurred off-campus and was not affiliated with the university in any way."

Barry Wood, the administrator of the Moose Lodge, said the party was billed as a homecoming kickoff party for W.V.S.U. and that it wasn't made clear to him that the event was not official.

"Everything went fine all night long until the party was over," Wood said. "Certainly we don't tolerate anything like that. We're lucky if we've even had a fist fight in here in eight years' time."

Wood said he is closing the lodge through Monday, other than a charity event -- a kids' truck show -- to allow things to cool off.

"Everybody can get, I can get my head straight and do a little bit of re-thinking on how we conduct business here," Wood said. "It's just a shame that it had to come to that, and we're going to do our part to make sure that it doesn't happen again. That's all I can do."

Wood also said his number one priority is safety when it comes to events like this. In the future, he said, he will double-check to ensure school-affiliated events are authorized.

"Hey, $5,000 doesn't mean a thing if somebody gets hurt," he said.

Deputies say Jerome Gooch of Charleston was shot in the leg Friday morning, while Shawn Jackson of Cleveland was hit repeatedly but not shot. As of Friday during the day, Jackson had been treated at C.A.M.C. General Division and released. There was no word on Gooch's condition.

Investigators say they are still looking for the person responsible for firing the shots.

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UPDATE 10/4/13 @ 10:20 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two people were hurt during a fight outside the Charleston Moose Lodge along Kanawha Boulevard early Friday morning.

The incident happened just after 2 a.m.

Deputies say when they got to the scene, several hundred people were outside and gunshots could be heard and that's when the crowd scattered to cars and on foot.

A short time later, they learned that Jerome C. Gooch had been dropped off at CAMC General with a gunshot wound.

Gooch, 28, of Charleston, was shot in the leg, according to the release.

Shawn Jackson, 28, of Cleveland, OH, was hurt during the fire, but was not shot.

Deputies say both victims are cooperating with the investigation, but no arrests have been made.

The fight happened during a private party. Witnesses on scene say the event was to celebrate West Virginia State University's homecoming this weekend.

However, the event was not sanctioned by the university and deputies say neither victim was a student at WVSU.

Kimberly Osborne, WVSU Vice President of University Relations, issued a statement Friday.

"The safety and security of the entire campus community, including our students, is of the utmost importance to West Virginia State University. The tragic early morning event occurred off-campus and was not affiliated with the University in any way."

Investigators are still trying to talk to witnesses about the incident.

If you have any information you're urged to call 304-357-0169. You can also submit an anonymous tip at the link below.

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UPDATE 10/4/13 @ 8 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A person is in the hospital after a shooting outside the Charleston Moose Lodge along the Kanawha Boulevard early Friday morning.

The shooting happened at 2:30 a.m. Friday.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies tell WSAZ.com the fight started inside the lodge and then spilled out into the parking lot. About 200 people were in the parking lot when deputies responded to the scene and heard gunshots.

Deputies say when the gunshots were heard people started running and jumping into cars to leave the scene.

Then, about 20 minutes later deputies found out that a person walked in to a Charleston hospital with two gunshot wounds. The person was shot twice in the thigh.

Deputies say the victim is cooperating with the investigation, but no arrests have been made in the case.

The victim's name has not been released.

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UPDATE 10/4/13 @ 5:22 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County deputies told WSAZ.com that the victim of an early morning shooting is cooperating with authorities.

Deputies say the man was shot twice in the thigh.

The shooting happened at 2:30 a.m. Friday at the Charleston Moose Lodge on Kanawha Boulevard.

Deputies say when they got to the scene, several hundred people were outside and gunshots could be heard and that's when the crowd scattered to cars and on foot.

A short time later, they learned that a man had been dropped off at CAMC General with a gunshot wound.

His name and condition aren't being released, but again, deputies say he is cooperating with authorities.

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UPDATED 10/4/13 @ 4:10 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One person is in the hospital after a shooting in Charleston.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies tell our crew at the scene it happened at the Charleston Moose Lodge about 2:30 Friday morning.

Deputies say they were called to a fight at the lodge. When they arrived, there were several hundred people outside and gunshots rang out.

Deputies say the crowd scattered, jumping in cars and taking off, and most were gone by the time they were able to secure the scene. Shortly afterward, a man was dropped off at CAMC General with a gunshot wound.

There is no word on the man's condition.

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ORIGINAL STORY 10/4/13 @ 2:11 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One person is in the hospital after a shooting in Charleston.

It happened just before 2:30 Friday morning. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office tells WSAZ.com the shooting took place outside the Charleston Moose Lodge along Kanawha Blvd.

Metro 911 dispatchers tell WSAZ.com the shooting happened during a fight.

Dispatchers say the victim was dropped off at the hospital. The extent of injuries to that person is unknown.

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