UPDATE (11: 10 a.m. on Friday, April 16): The Kanawha County Commission issued the following statement regarding this morning’s incident:
“This morning shortly before the Kanawha County Courthouse opened, County employees discovered a deceased person on county property. The Kanawha County Sherriff’s Department and Charleston Police Department immediately arrived on the scene. Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford has confirmed that the shooting was self-inflicted. Though the incident is not directly tied to the Kanawha County Courthouse, the Commission would like to express our deepest sympathy to the individual’s family. This is a tragic loss of life, and our prayers go to all involved.”
UPDATE (9:15 a.m on Friday, April 16): The Kanawaha County Sheriff’s Department told 13 News reporter Audra Laskey that this may be a self-inflicted shooting.
The Sheriff’s Office also tells us that Virginia St. in Charleston will be closed temporarily due to the incident.
KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) — One person is dead after a shooting in front of the Kanawha County Courthouse Friday morning.
The shooting happened just after 7 A.M. Friday morning, in front of the Kanawha County Courthouse on Virginia Street East. Witnesses tell us the victim was unresponsive when EMS arrived.
Right now the intersection of Court St. and Quarrier St. in Charleston is closed as the investigation continues.