UPDATE | Man charged with murder in Nicholas County double shooting

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NICHOLAS COUNTY, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 4/30/19 @ 11:12 a.m.
A man is facing charges in connection with a deadly double shooting in Nicholas County.

Roger D. Blankenship Sr., of Swiss, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

According to the criminal complaint, the suspect shot and killed two people Saturday. It happened just after 5 p.m. in the 40 block of Twin Elms Drive in the Drennen area.

When West Virginia State Police troopers got to the scene, they found the suspect's wife, Ilene Blankenship, and Douglas P. Hypes dead.

Both victims were on the front porch covered in blood. There were several shell casings near their bodies, according to the complaint.

"The accused then shot himself in the face and drove to his residence in the Swiss area of Nicholas County," an investigating trooper wrote. When investigators arrived at the home and asked Blankenship Sr. if he shot his wife and anyone else, they say he shook his head "yes."

Troopers say there was a pending marital divorce between the Blankenships. Hypes' niece told WSAZ she saw the victim within an hour of the shooting and he introduced Ilene as his girlfriend.

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UPDATE 4/29/19 @ 4:25 p.m.
A family is in mourning after a deadly shooting during the weekend in Nicholas County.

On Saturday, dispatchers received a call saying there were gunshots at a residence on Twin Elms Drive around 5:10 p.m. Saturday.

When troopers got on scene, they found Ilene Blankenship and Douglas P. Hypes dead from gunshot wounds.

Pamela Hypes, Doug Hypes' niece, saw him within an hour of the shooting. She said Doug walked over to her home with Ilene and introduced her as his girlfriend.

Pamela says they were supposed to come right back and grill out with the family.

"He acted like he always had, he was in good spirits laughing and joking and carrying on just like he always did," Hypes said.

She says they were sitting on the porch, waiting for them to come back, when they heard several gunshots.

"Didn't think anything of it at first. And then my dad sent my brother over and he came back and said call 911."

Investigators say Roger D. Blankenship Sr. shot them and took off.

Troopers say there was a pending marital divorce between the Blankenships.

Officials found Blankenship Sr. at his home on Route 39 near Swiss with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a loaded firearm.

Blankenship Sr. was taken to the hospital for medical treatment where he is recovering.

The investigation is still ongoing. No charges have been filed yet against Blankenship.



ORIGINAL STORY 4/29/19
Two people are dead after a shooting.

Nicholas County 911 dispatchers received a call saying there were gunshots at a residence on Twin Elms Drive Saturday around 5:10 p.m.

When crews arrived, they found Ilene Blankenship and Douglas P. Hypes dead from gunshot wounds, according to West Virginia State Police.

Investigators say Roger D. Blankenship, Sr. shot them and took off.

Troopers say there was a pending marital divorce between the Blankenships.

Officials found Blankenship, Sr. at his home on Route 39 near Swiss with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a loaded firearm.

Blankenship, Sr. was taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

The incident is under investigation.

Keep checking the WSAZ App for the latest information.