DEADLY SHOOTING UPDATE: Two arraigned on murder charges in fatal shooting of WVU student at College Park apartments

West Virginia

UPDATE 6:30 PM: In the House of Delegates this morning, lawmakers paused for a moment of silence to remember 21-year-old WVU sophomore Eric Smith who died in the shooting at WVU College Park.

Many members of the legislature are WVU alumni. The moment of silence was requested by Morgantown Delegate Danielle Walker.

“A bullet does not have a name on it. This morning it did. To that young man, his family, his friends, his neighbors – I want to say, I am truly sorry for the loss of life, stolen, too soon,” Del. Danielle Walker, (D) Monongalia said.

UPDATE 3:45 PM: Two Fairmont men were arraigned in Monongalia County Court on first-degree murder charges in the fatal shooting of a WVU student at College Park apartments early Friday morning.

A circuit court judge decided both Terrell Linear, 21, and Shaundarius Reeder, 20, will not receive a bond. Both men have their preliminary hearings scheduled for March 9, and both are going to take a court-appointed attorney.

A circuit court judge decided both Terrell Linear, 21, and Shaundarius Reeder, 20, will not receive a bond. (Photo Courtesy: WBOY)

UPDATE 1:20 PM: (WBOY) – Two Fairmont men have been charged in the shooting that resulted in the death of a 21-year-old WVU student at College Park apartments in Morgantown on Friday morning, according to WVU officials.

University officials said Terrell Linear, 21, is being charged with first-degree murder and Shaundarius Reeder, 20 has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder. WVU officials said Linear and Reeder are not WVU students.

The pair are expected to be arraigned in Monongalia County Court Friday afternoon.

UPDATE 11:35AM: (WBOY) West Virginia University has confirmed that the man who was killed as a result of the shooting at College Park near WVU’s downtown campus was a student at the university.

University officials said the victim has been identified as Eric James Smith, 21, of Clementon, New Jersey. WVU officials said James was a sophomore majoring in multidisciplinary studies.

UPDATE 9:44AM: The two individuals who police said were involved in a shots fired incident near West Virginia University’s campus were arrested at Walmart in Morgantown, according to a press release from the Granville Police Department.

The release stated that on Friday at approximately 4:15 a.m., multiple police agencies, including the Granville Police Department, were dispatched to Walmart at 5605 University Town Center Drive to assist in the apprehension of two suspects. Police said the suspects were involved in a shooting incident at College Park, an apartment complex just east of WVU’s main campus that is owned by the university.

Officers said both suspects were arrested without incident. The release stated that no additional information about this incident will be released by the Granville Police Department at this time.

Officers with the Granville Police Department said that WVU Police is the lead in the investigation and the Granville Police Department provided assistance.

UPDATE 7:17AM: One person is dead, and two suspects are in custody, according to University Police, after an early morning shooting at an apartment complex, owned by WVU, near West Virginia University’s downtown Morgantown campus. 

“Multiple agencies responded to support our department at the scene,” said UPD Chief W.P. Chedester. “We appreciate their cooperation and assistance as our investigation continues.” 

The medical examiner has been called. University Police is not releasing additional information at this time as its investigation is ongoing.

Counselors from WVU’s Carruth Center are onsite at College Park to provide support for residents.

ORIGINAL STORY: We’re monitoring activity at or near the campus of West Virginia University. Campus police sent out alerts for shots fired at Building 20 of College Park. Original information had Building 20 but subsequent tweets clarified it as Building 21.

College Park is part of the apartment living area east of the main campus.

WVU Safety and Wellness tweeted out information from WVUAlert:

WVU ALERT – SHOTS FIRED (4:03 am): Gun shots at/near building 21 at College Park. Seek shelter. Avoid area. Follow @WVUalert.

UPDATE (4:24 am): Shots fired at/near Building 20 at College Park. UPD is investigating at the scene. We will release updates as new information becomes available.

UPDATE (4:39 am): Police continue to investigate at the scene. If you have any information regarding this incident, please call UPD at 304-293-3136. Updates will continue to be posted here as we receive new information.

ALL CLEAR (4:56 am): It is safe to resume normal activities. UPD officers are still on the scene as they finish investigations.

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