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Charleston police investigating 2 Friday incidents

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Charleston Police Department on Friday launched two investigations for incidents that happened more than an hour apart.

Officers responded to a residence in the 1500 block of 1st Avenue around 5:50 p.m. According to police, 29-year Juriah Roncal and another person were involved in a verbal argument about a flashlight with the second person pulled out a gun and fired a shot at Roncal, striking him in the leg.

Roncal was transported to a local hospital and is listed in stable condition. Police described the suspect as a black male wearing a red shirt.

Officers, around 7:05 p.m., responded to CAMC General Division Emergency Room following a call of someone with multiple gunshot wounds. Police said 29-year-old Scottie Shaffer had four wounds related to pellet gunfire. Shaffer was walking in an alley near Frame and Barton streets when someone approached him, accusing Shaffer of owing him money. The suspect fired several rounds at the victim, striking Shaffer three times in the shoulder and once in the arm.

Shaffer has been released from the hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480 or Metro Communications at 304-348-8111.

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