UPDATE | I-77N shooting victim identified

Published: Oct. 18, 2019 at 9:57 PM EDT
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UPDATE 10/19/19 @ 9:36 a.m.

Charleston Police have identified Antwan Curnell, 28, of Dunbar, as the victim in Friday night's deadly shooting on I-77N near the Westmoreland exit.

Curnell was driving a white Toyota 4-Runner with two adult female passengers, police said. Curnell lost control of his car after being shot and hit the suspect vehicle before crashing into the guardrail, police said.

"It's getting ridiculous, people going up and down the interstate shooting people, I don't know if it's drugs, I don't know and I don't care. It's senseless, you're going to kill innocent people," said Gail Marcum, a nearby neighbor.

Marcum is one of many neighbors who say they're concerned with what's going on right outside their front door.

"I have never ever seen anything like this," said William Spencer, another nearby neighbor. "I mean that shooting up here, that was too close to home. It really is making us think about moving out of this area now."

"Unknown suspect(s) fired multiple shots in the direction of the victim’s vehicle while both vehicles were traveling on the interstate," Charleston Police said in a statement. "The unknown suspect(s) fled northbound on I-77 in the suspect vehicle after the shooting."

No arrests have been made at this time. The shooting vehicle is described as a blue vehicle with front and side damage.

The female passengers in Curnell's car were not injured, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Charleston Police Department at 304-348-8111. Callers can remain anonymous.

UPDATE 10/19/19 @ 12:30 a.m.

A man is dead after a shooting Friday night on Interstate 77 north in Charleston, police said.

Interstate 77 north in Charleston at the I-64/I-77 split near the Westmoreland exit has reopened, Metro 911 said.


The northbound lanes of Interstate 77 are closed in Charleston due to a fatal shooting.

The road is closed just north of the I-64/I-77 split near the Westmoreland exit.

Charleston Police say the man was shot in a car. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Police haven't released any information about a suspect. However, they say a dark blue vehicle took off from the scene.

Right now, investigators are along the interstate gathering evidence in the case.

Metro 911 is advising drivers to avoid this area.

The road is expected to be closed for an extended period of time.

Right now, eastbound traffic from I-64 is being diverted south at the I-64/I-77 split, according to Metro 911. Traffic along I-77N is being diverted west on I-64. Dispatchers say no traffic can go northbound near the I-64/I-77 split. Drivers can re-enter I-77N at the Westmoreland Road entrance ramp.

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