Multiple Car Windows Shot Out, Causing Thousands in Damage

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Some people in Kanawha and Lincoln counties found themselves with shattered or no car windows after someone shot them out during the weekend.

Cpl. Brian Humphreys with the Kanawha County Sheriffs Department said at least four people reported having their vehicles shot on Strawberry Road in St. Albans.

Humphreys says the shooter appears to have used an air rifle or a BB gun.

WSAZ.com talked to one woman right past the Kanawha and Lincoln County line along Coal River Road in Tornado, where two of her cars’ windows were shot out -- one of her cars shot for the second time in two months.

“This is the second time," Heather Patterson said. "It’s not only happened to us, it's happened to several people down through here. So, we're going to have to get a camera installed, and that's just more money.”

Patton, who has three kids, said the damage to her cars will cost her $500. Money she says should have been spent elsewhere, especially since school starts in one week.

“That’s money we could have spent on school clothes,” Patton says. “But instead we have to have our vehicles to get to work.”

A few miles down the road, a man in St. Albans was installing cameras outside of his home, just feet away from where his car now sits without a passenger-side window.

“I hear there were six that same night,” Dale Cayton said. “We’re looking at thousands and thousands of dollars.”

Cayton is offering $200 for the identification of the shooter, only a fraction of what the damage has already cost him.

“Probably two hundred and fifty bucks to get the glass in, three hundred bucks out of work today,” Cayton says. “I’m buying cameras, buying lights, were looking at six or seven hundred dollars here.”

Humphreys says there was at least one similar incident reported about six months ago.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputy Eary at (304)-357-0169 or submit a tip anonymously at www.kanawhasheriff.us.


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