MARMET, W.Va. — An argument over a shared driveway is believed to be the catalyst for gunfire which left three people hospitalized with wounds in Kanawha County.
The incident happened on Ohio Avenue in Marmet around 8 p.m. Thursday.
“It was a dispute over some property, a parking dispute actually,” said Sgt. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department. “It was an argument about where people were allowed to park and it’s been going on for a while now.”
Tony Lyttle, 52 of Marmet and William Atkinson III, 22, of Marmet got into a heated exchange with Nathan Teel, 41, who lived next door. The argument played out in the drive-way which separated the two homes and escalated into gunfire. Police were called when the guns came out, but the shooting happened before the first officers arrived on scene.
“There were at least two guns involved,” said Humphreys. “Apparently it was just those three people involved and they shot at one another.”
Investigators say at some point a shotgun was fired at Teel, who returned fire with a pistol. However, it’s unclear who shot first. The investigation reveals Teel shot Lyttle and Atkinson, then ran to another part of the yard and shot himself in the head. All three remain hospitalized.