MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Morgantown detectives are still piecing together the hours leading up to an early Sunday morning shooting in the downtown area. On WAJR’s ‘Talk of the Town’ show, Police Chief Eric Powell made it clear that it was not a random act, but the details are unclear.
“It wasn’t a random event,” Powell said. “We believe there is a reason and motive behind this, specific to those involved and we are working to iron out those details.”
An officer on patrol saw 34-year-old Eric Sneed walk to a parked can in the 200 block of Walnut Street and began shooting into the passenger compartment just after 3 a.m. Sneed fled the scene, but was quickly captured by police near Chestnut Street. city car park.
“We’re tracking certain information,” Powell said. “Our detectives are still working on the mobile aspect of it. I can say that I believe the two subjects knew each other.
After the shooting, the victims fled the scene to Ruby Memorial Hospital. Marcelius Likely, 34, died in hospital and an unidentified woman was treated for minor injuries.
According to records, Likely was arrested in 2016 in Akron, Ohio by U.S. Marshals for a malicious assault charged to Monongalia County. In 2018, Likely was sentenced to probation for the crime.
Information can be left with detectives by calling 304-284-7454.