UPDATE | Huntington shooting suspect pleads not guilty

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 11/7/19 @ 11:06 a.m.
The suspect in a deadly shooting in Huntington pleaded not guilty in court Thursday morning.

Harold Radford Porter, 38, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of murder, being a prohibited person with a firearm, and attempt to commit a felony. (Source: WSAZ)

Harold Radford Porter, 38, was arraigned on charges of murder, being a prohibited person with a firearm, and attempt to commit a felony.

A grand jury indicted Porter in connection with a shooting on Sept. 21.

Investigators say Sontez Lomax, 39, died at the scene. He was shot in front of a bar in the 800 block of 4th Avenue. Police say Lomax was shot multiple times.

Harold Porter has a history of violence. You can read more about his criminal history in the update below.

UPDATE 11/4/19 @ 10 p.m.
Police arrested a suspect in connection with a deadly shooting in Huntington.

Harold Radford Porter, 38, is facing charges of murder, being a prohibited person with a firearm, and attempt to commit a felony.

Officers with the Huntington Police Department's SWAT Team, Criminal Investigations Bureau, and Special Investigations Bureau arrested Porter around 10:30 a.m. Monday. Police caught him in the 1600 block of Doulton Avenue.

A grand jury indicted Porter in connection with a shooting on Sept. 21.

Investigators say Sontez Lomax, 39, died at the scene. He was shot in front of a bar in the 800 block of 4th Avenue. Police say Lomax was shot multiple times.

Harold Porter has a history of violence.

In 2007, he was charged with shooting two people in Huntington.

Then Harold Porter's younger brother Joe was killed by a police officer in a shooting at a club in Huntington in November 2009.

Sontez Lomax was one of three other men shot at the club that night. After that incident 10 years ago, police said they were concerned about potential retaliation.

A few days after the shooting in September of this year, friends and family members held a candlelight vigil in downtown Huntington where Lomax was killed.

Details behind Porter's potential motivation and his history with Lomax will undoubtedly come to light as the case goes forward.

Porter is in the Western Regional Jail without bond.



UPDATE 9/26/19 @ 10 p.m.
Dozens of friends and family members of the victim of a fatal shooting held a vigil Thursday night at the site where he was killed.

Loved ones lit candles outside the Lantern bar on 4th Avenue in downtown Huntington where Sontez Lomax, 39, died early last Saturday morning.

"They just took him away like he was nothing," Lomax's aunt Tracie Mabry said.

Relatives say Lomax had a good heart, loved his kids, and was outgoing.

"He would help people in the community when they were hungry," his aunt said. "He would feed them."

"He was a very beautiful guy," Lomax's cousin Ceairea Mabry said. "He was a riot. Everywhere we went, we had fun."

Lomax's son and daughter were at the vigil. Relatives say it's heartbreaking they've been robbed of growing up with their dad.

No arrests have been made.

"Whenever this person is caught, it's still going to be difficult knowing our cousin was killed," Ceairea said.

"If anyone knows anything, come forward," Tracie said.



UPDATE 9/21/19 @ 7:27 a.m.
Huntington Police say one man is dead and another is injured after a shooting in front of The Lantern bar in the 800 block of 4th Avenue early Saturday morning.

Police say Sontez Lomax, 39, died at the scene. He is from Charleston but has lived in Huntington in the past.

The wounded person has non-life-threatening injuries possibly caused by flying debris, police said.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Bureau and the Forensic Investigation Unit are on scene and investigating.

No arrests have been made.



ORIGINAL STORY 9/21/19
Shots were fired at a bar early Saturday morning in downtown Huntington, Huntington Police said.

Huntington Police, Huntington Fire and Cabell EMS were on the scene outside of The Lantern.

The shots fired was reported around 2:50 Saturday morning. No word on any injuries.

The 800 block of 4th Avenue is closed as police investigate.

Huntington Police said no arrests have been made at this time.


Dozens of friends and family members of Sontez Lomax attended a vigil at the site where he was killed in downtown Huntington, West Virginia. (Source: WSAZ)
Harold Radford Porter, 38, is facing charges of murder, being a prohibited person with a firearm, and attempt to commit a felony in connection with a shooting in downtown Huntington, West Virginia.