It’s a tragedy in a small community and possibly a case of mistaken identity. A man is dead and a Paden City woman is in jail charged with murder.
The incident unfolded on Monday night when the woman, who was reportedly living in fear of a man who was stalking her, saw a man she may have thought was him. The victim, Kevin “Casey” Thompson was shot and killed outside the house. His friends said it was senseless.
“The bullet wasn’t meant for him. It was meant for another guy,” said David Jacobs, a friend of Thompson.
That other guy was reportedly a man who Jessica Dawn Quinn had a protection order against, because he was stalking her. When Kevin Thompson arrived at Quinn’s house just before 6 p.m., there was apparently a superficial resemblance to the man she was afraid of.
Jacobs said the only resemblance between the two is that they wear glasses.
Neighbors said Quinn, a mother of three, often built a campfire in the backyard. She had run out of firewood, and when Thompson showed up at her house, he was delivering firewood. Jacobs said it was a case of “wrong place, wrong time.”
Friends said Quinn’s fiance had arranged for the load of firewood to be delivered, but apparently she was not aware of it.
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The case is making people recall the first lesson in any firearms class: know your target. “Well, you need to know if you’re facing an adversary, or just a stranger that means no harm. Be sure of your target before you start shooting,” said Steve Ours, a resident of Paden City.
“You know, you don’t put your finger on the trigger, you don’t put a bullet in it and you don’t point it unless you’re ready to use it you know and you make sure what you’re shooting at so,” said Mayor John Hopkins.
Others say to just call the police before firing a weapon, “They know more about it and they can check to see what’s going on. I know it happened to us and we called the police. And they’re real good about it around here,” said Melonna Rose of Paden City.
Quinn remains in the Northern Regional Jail.