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Homicide investigation underway after early morning shooting on island

The Wheeling Police Department is investigating a homicide after a shooting early Tuesday morning. Police say the incident happened along S. Penn Street around 1:40 a.m.

The Wheeling Police Department is investigating a homicide after a shooting early Tuesday morning. Police say the incident happened along S. Penn Street around 1:40 a.m.

The victim, 41-year-old Ahmid Salem Hinton, was taken to Ohio Valley Medical Center, where he later died.

Wheeling Police do not believe citizens are in danger.

"I think that our victim -- and again this is speculation but I don't mind saying in the interest of public safety, that our victim was probably a target,” Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said. “In other words, this was not a random shooting where citizens on Wheeling Island or any other community need to be concerned for their personal safety. Unfortunately, our victim may have been a specific target.”

Officers say the Hinton said that an unknown male approached him in a vehicle in the intersection of S. Penn and Virginia Street. The shooter got out of the vehicle, approached Hinton and shot him multiple times. According to Hinton, the shooter then got back into their car and fled on north of Penn Street onto Zane Street.

They believe nearly a dozen bullets were fired. Police are following several leads and do have some evidence they're examining.

There has been no motive or suspects announced to the public, but the chief says they are confident an arrest will be made soon.

Though it's the first gun-related homicide in the city of Wheeling since October 2015, Schwertfeger says there's been too much gun violence.

"I have had about enough of the tragedies involving gun violence and the good people that live in this community to deserve to live around that,” he said.


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