Wheeling Police Seek Information After Recent Shootings


Gunfire in two different Wheeling neighborhoods prompts police to ask the public for information.

Numerous shots were fired on 15th Street near the American Legion at 2:30 Saturday morning.

Afterward, a man showed up at the hospital with a gunshot wound to the foot.

Three hours later, more shots rang out, this time on Maryland Street on Wheeling Island.

Police say they need people to come forward with information, pictures or videos.

“Whether it’s the shooting at the Family Dollar in Center Wheeling or the shooting this past weekend, it’s the lack of cooperation from potential eyewitnesses, some of which are residents of the area that these are affecting, So that’s kind of a hard pill for me to swallow. I mean you’d think you’d get cooperation in order to make their communities a safer place but that just doesn’t happen,” said Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger.

Police held a mandatory staff meeting on Monday to discuss strategy for the rise in gun violence in Wheeling.

Chief Schwertfeger says he won’t reveal their plans, but they will be implemented soon.

In the meantime, the chief says people need to overcome their fear, or unwillingness, to provide information to law enforcement.

He says we need the entire community to make the neighborhoods safe.

If you have any information that can help police you can always call our Lauttamus Security Crimefighters tipline at 1-800-223-0312. Your call will be kept confidential and you never have to leave your name.

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