Police collected six shell casings from the drive-by shooting, and we spoke with one man who was in the area, who says the second he heard the pops he knew shots were fired.
“Things happen there, I guess, more commonly than in other parts of Wheeling,” said witness Mike LaHood. “So, I wasn’t really surprised.”
Residents of the neighborhood say this used to be a nice area to live in, but it’s gone downhill since. Around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon a small, cranberry colored, four-door Chevy with Ohio plates supposedly shot in the direction of adjoining buildings on the 3100 block of Jacob Street.
According to Wheeling Police Public Information Officer Philip Stahl, people were inside the house when those shots were fired, but nobody was hurt in the incident.
Lahood, a man working in the area at the time, said his biggest concern was just ensuring his own safety, “In today’s world first thing you think of is, ‘man you need to really be cautious.’ So, that’s why I ran to the front door and locked it cause I didn’t know, I knew it was gunshots, I just didn’t know what the degree of the whole situation was.”
A vehicle in front of the buildings was hit by numerous shots, and towed from the scene. This is still an active investigation, still very limited information, but police are working to gather more.
“As far as we know, the vehicle drove by,” said Stahl. “The driver of that vehicle was last seen somewhere in the 29th street area.”
The drive-by happened around the same time Wheeling Middle School was getting out, and Stahl says police were in touch with their Prevention Resource Officer for dismissal times, and re-routing of buses. He continued to tell me they have also been in touch with officials throughout the Ohio Valley to be on the lookout for the suspected cranberry colored, four-door Chevy.
“I hope they find it,” said LaHood.
If you have any information you’re urged to call the Wheeling Police.