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Homeland Security official suffers gunshot wound to chest in Charleston, WV

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CHARLESTON, WV -

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The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department is trying to piece together exactly what happened to Frank Kennedy, a training officer for the West Virginia Division Office of Homeland Security.

Deputies are now saying Kennedy was shot in the torso by a shotgun recovered in the woods near his house.

"It's pretty well quiet. I mean this is the first time we've pretty much had anything like this, to this extreme, ever happen," said Stoney Dotsen, a neighbor. 

For those living in the Rutledge Road area of Charleston, a normal Sunday afternoon quickly became an unfamiliar scene as West Virginia State Police and the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department investigated a neighborhood shooting.

"You really don't know about that situation but it is a scary thought, knowing it's close to the house," said Dotsen.

Deputies responded to a report of a shooting on Dons Drive around 2:30 in the afternoon. Arriving on scene they found Kennedy shot in the torso on his front lawn.

"It surprised me because he's a nice, turned person," said Dotsen. 

Detectives say the investigation revealed the gunshot wound was self-inflicted. They say he used a handgun that was recovered in a wooded area nearby.  

Troopers say Kennedy was shot in the torso. He was taken here to CAMC General where he is expected to survive after undergoing surgery. 

"It's something you hear about in other areas not something you hear about in your own yard," said Dotsen. 

Kennedy was a retired New York City police officer who responded during the September 11th terrorist attacks. Detectives are still investigating if the shooting was accidental or intentional.>

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UPDATE:

Detectives from the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department say Frank Kennedy suffered from a self-inflicted wound.

Kennedy, an official with the West Virginia Division Office of Homeland Security, was hit with a bullet in the chest in the Rutledge Road area of Charleston on Sunday.

A handgun was found in the woods near his front yard.

Kennedy was taken to CAMC General, where he had surgery and was treated for the injury. He is expected to recover.

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UPDATE:

The victim in a shooting that occurred in the Rutledge area of Charleston, WV has been identified as Frank Kennedy. 

Kennedy is an official with the West Virginia Division Office of Homeland Security.

He is also a retired police officer from New York City who had worked at Ground Zero following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

He was taken to an area hospital. Officials have not released an update on his condition.

Stay with wowktv.com for the latest information on this story.

 


 

ORIGINIAL STORY: Kanawha County 911 confirms they are responding to a shooting Sunday afternoon.

It happened about 2:30 p.m. at 54 Dons Drive in the Rutledge area of Charleston.

Details are still coming into the 13News newsroom at this time.

Dispatchers confirm one person was shot in the chest. However, their condition is unknown.

The West Virginia State Police and Kanawha County Sheriff's Office are responding to the scene.

Stay with wowktv.com for additional information on this developing story.