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Mercer County deputies continue to investigate shots fired in Brushfork Armory parking lot

BLUEFIELD W.Va. — Mercer County detectives are still looking into a shots fired situation that occurred in the parking lot of the Brushfork Armory in Bluefield, but they say they are having difficulty getting witnesses to cooperate.

Authorities say the incident was a result of an altercation that broke out on Friday, Feb. 23 following a high school boys basketball game between Bluefield and Summers County.

Mercer County Sheriff’s Department Detective Corporal Matthew Hatfield told MetroNews they are currently following up with the leads they have on the situation.

“We are still attempting to speak with individuals and persons of interest involving the shooting,” he said.

However, Hatfield said some who were at the scene have been reluctant to speak with law enforcement.

“I mean, it’s one of those situations where we have to be methodical with what we’re doing considering we have no one who is willing to cooperate with us as far as what they saw,” said Hatfield.

Once the incident was reported, those inside the armory at the time were put under a shelter-in-place order. No injuries were reported.

Hatfield said the incident was not related to the game itself.

He said officers are not certain why people aren’t talking, whether it’s out of fear or some other specific reason. However, Hatfield said it’s not the first time this has happened in the area.

“People are just not willing to come forward and give information, and this has happened a few times as of recent involving shootings in Mercer County,” said Hatfield.

The teams and fans were allowed to leave once the parking lot had been secured.

Mercer County School Superintendent Ed Toman posted this statement directly following the incident.

“We are heartbroken and outraged by the violence and shooting that took place tonight at the Brush Fork Armory parking lot after the high school boys’ basketball sectional athletic game between Bluefield High and Summers County High Schools. The incident had nothing to do with our school systems, our students, or tonight’s specific event; however, a group of individuals brought their issues to a facility and youth event that should always be safe for all,” Toman said.

“We greatly appreciate our local law enforcement, first responders and administration in their immediate response and willingness to provide help. I am confident justice will be served on the individuals who invoked fear and harm in our community. Please know we will do everything in our power to keep our students, staff, families and fans safe and incidents of this manner will not be tolerated,” Toman added.





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