UPDATE: (12:30 p.m., Jan. 23, 2023): The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) says an accidental shooting on Saturday night happened because the shooter was mishandling a gun.

Deputies say they responded to the 700 block of High Street in St. Albans, West Virginia, around 10:30 p.m. and found a victim shot in the upper leg. They were told the victim was allegedly shot by their sibling.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) says an accidental shooting on Saturday night happened because the shooter was mishandling a gun. Deputies say they responded to the 700 block of High Street in St. Albans, West Virginia, around 10:30 p.m. and found a victim shot in the upper leg.

The KCSO says the victim’s sibling was “mishandling a handgun when [they] negligently discharged a single round from the weapon.” The bullet then hit the victim in the thigh, deputies say.

The victim was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center General with minor injuries.

Authorities say they believe the shooting was unintentional, and the Kanawha County Prosecutor’s Office will review the case to determine if criminal charges are necessary.

Anyone with information on the shooting can call Deputy J.W. Cochran (304) 357-0169 or submit a tip on the KCSO’s website.


ST. ALBANS, WV (WOWK) — The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office says one person has minor injuries after a shooting in the West Side of St. Albans, West Virginia.

The incident happened before 11 p.m. on Saturday.

Deputies say they believe the shooting was accidental, and that the shooter remained on the scene.

The victim has non-life-threatening injuries, deputies say.

This incident is under investigation and will be reviewed by the prosecutor’s office for any criminal charges.