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Police investigate shooting outside of South Charleston

Police investigate shooting outside of South Charleston

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A sea of flashing lights lined Smith Creek Road Monday morning outside of the home of Joanne and Daniel Eads.  Troopers said the initial report was that Joanne shot herself in an attempt to commit suicide.

"She always make sure I went to school and checked up on me and my mom," said neighbor Kayla Prince. "She was a good loving person and it is sad this had to happen to her."

Prince said her mother called to let her know that something had happened.  Prince said she was surprised to see troopers and a West Virginia State Police Crime Scene vehicle outside of the home.  Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants also came to the scene along with an assistant prosecutor.

"She left a message for my mom Sunday night saying that she was arguing with her son and she couldn't take it," Prince explained. "My mom was already asleep when she called so she got up to go check on her and the ambulance was already here."

Many neighbors were reluctant to talk on camera about the incident because of problems that had happened at the house in the past.  In February 2008, Daniel Eads was charged with murder for the shooting death of Michael McNamara. Those charges were dropped in 2010 because the prosecutor said there wasn't enough evidence to prove the shooting was intentional.

"I think that maybe since there was an incident where her husband shot somebody before, they just want to investigate it to make sure," Prince said, regarding the number of investigators at the scene Monday.

Troopers took Daniel Eads to the South Charleston detachment and interviewed him Monday. They also removed items from the house.  For now, they are remaining tight lipped about the shooting and the investigation.

"Family issues, her job, paying all of the bills, it was stressing her out. I guess she had enough," Prince said.

Troopers also interviewed the couple's son Daniel Eads Jr. and neighbors on Monday.

Joanne was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center's General Division.  Monday afternoon, Sgt. M.L. Simpson with the West Virginia State Police said Joanne Eads was alive and receiving treatment.



UPDATE: Crime units from Kanawha County Sheriff's Office and the West Virginia State Police arrived at the shooting scene however no official will comment on the nature of the investigation.  One person was interviewed by detectives and left with the investigators.  The area along Smith Creek Road remains active and as a consequence traffic is restricted in the immediate area.

13 News will provide updates when they become available.


Police are investigating a shooting at 2269 Smith Creek Road outside of South Charleston early this morning.

Detectives have not indicated the nature of injuries but believe a woman inside the home is the victim.

Witness accounts say the victim's husband is speaking to detectives.  Due to the police and medic response, traffic along Smith Creek Road is restricted.

Look for updates here and on WOWK-TV at noon.