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Police Search for Suspects and Motive in Two Huntington Shootings

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two shootings left two men dead in Huntington Monday night.

Police said both crimes are unrelated.

The first happened just before 10 p.m. Monday in the 1300 block of 8th Avenue.

Less than an hour and a half later, the second one happened on Jackson Avenue near West 10th Street.

Tuesday afternoon, police arrested Dylan Stone, 19, in connection with the Jackson Avenue shooting.

Police said Stone is facing murder charges.

Police said they are still in the early stages of investigating both crimes.

Huntington Police said both shootings, which they consider separate cases, happened just an hour apart.

Now, police are trying to figure out who pulled the triggers and why.

Huntington Police said the first shooting happened in the 1300 block of 8th Avenue, just before 10 p.m. Monday.

"We feel it may have been something between out-of-towners," Huntington Police Lt. John Williams said.

Investigators said Eugene Walmsley, 33, of Michigan, was shot in the upper body and died at the scene.

Police said Walmsley has a criminal past, though "nothing serious".

NewsChannel 3 archives show in 2007, Walmsley was involved in a traffic stop as a passenger, where police found more than four ounces of crack cocaine in the car

There's still no word on whether drugs were the motive in this shooting.

"There's always that possibility, but nothing has come to the forefront as far as being the reason for this," Williams said.

Huntington Police said Walmsley also went by the nickname, "Remy" and may have had two brothers in the area, shot and killed in the past.

Roughly an hour after that shooting, in what police are calling an unrelated crime, Garrett Hatten, 19, was shot to death at his home along Jackson Avenue.

"Some individuals came to the house; there was some kind of altercation," Williams said.

Huntington Police said Hatten was hit in the upper body.

They said this shooting stemmed from a fight over drugs.

Investigators estimate between five and seven people, who were acquaintances, came to the home.

"I know that the two cars pulled up here in the neighborhood, and pulled across the street, they went over there fought with him and another girl and then out of the blue done came out and shot him," said neighbor Jack Saunders.

Neighbors said he lived at the home with his mother and little brother.

"Yesterday was her birthday, and this was just not a birthday present you'd want anybody to ever have," Saunders said.

Police found three vehicles connected to the crimes. They said those are being processed for evidence.

In the 8th Avenue case, police said they are still searching for a suspect.

Despite these shooting, police said gun-related homicides have been down this year.

The type of guns used in these shootings has not been released.


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