Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Murder ; Guns in Wrong Hands

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Murder ; Guns in Wrong Hands

Article excerpt

Around a dozen gun murders filled West Virginia news in November.

In Charleston, an aging white man was charged with shooting a 15- year-old black youth to death, then telling police: "That's another piece of trash off the street." The killer was forbidden to have a pistol because he had been convicted of domestic violence. In Boone County, police say Shane Adkins shot his roommate to death, then fired at police during a long highway chase, then finally killed himself as officers approached.

In McDowell County, Michael Kennedy is charged with entering a home, shooting a teenage boy to death, severely wounding his mother, and stealing items from the house. If the mother lives, she is expected to suffer partial blindness and paralysis.

In Nicholas County, a young man with tattoos on his face and entire body is charged with shooting another young man to death.

In Kanawha County, a grand jury indicted three young men on gun murder charges.

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