UPDATE: (7 P.M. Nov. 24, 2021) – West Virginia State Police have identified the suspect in the shooting as William Lowell Ingram III.
MASON COUNTY, WV (WOWK)—According to the Mason County Sheriff’s office, deputies were called to a home on Gun Club Road outside New Haven, West Virginia at around 2:30 a.m. in response to a shooting and possible homicide.
Deputies found one deceased man. His identity is not being released at this time.
Another man was taken into custody. These two men are believed to have known each other, but this incident has not been confirmed as a domestic dispute.
The shooting happened just outside of the town of New Haven. Locals in this close-knit community, and even the mayor, say this is very unusual for the area.
“It’s a little bit too close to home. A very big surprise because murder does not happen really around here,” Mayor Phil Serevicz of New Haven.
He says violent crime is rare there, but says other sorts of problems are creeping into town.
“I think the drugs is picking up. I think that’s what the problem is: there’s too much of the meth and heroin going around and we need to get that slowed down and stopped. I think that’s the big issue and then comes with the crime because they’re stealing or maybe shootings to get the drugs, unfortunately,” Serevicz says.
Neither the suspect or the victim have been identified publicly, but police say they are both men who knew each other.
Ken Vickers, whose family farm neighbors the scene of the shooting, echoes the sentiment that this sort of crime is unusual for the area.
“Every place has it’s crime, whether it’s rural America or large cities, but yeah it’s definitely not common here,” Vickers says.
Vickers was out deer hunting the morning of the incident, and says he heard officers that morning:
“It’s just a sad situation and I know nothing that played out other than the fact that there was a shooting. Yeah, I could definitely tell that and it was actively being investigated by the officers but it’s just sad, you know? It’s sad for everybody involved.”
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is leading this investigation and coordinating with the West Virginia State Police.
Police say that this was an isolated incident.
13 News has a crew at the scene and will update this story on the air and online as new information becomes available.