HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – One person is dead and another is injured after a shooting in Downtown Huntington early Saturday morning, and one local business owner is starting to get concerned about the rate of crime in the area.
Around 3 AM officers responded to shooting outside The Lantern, a local bar in Downtown Huntington.
Thirty-nine-year-old Sontezz Lomax was killed, and another person was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, possibly caused by flying debris.
Its is the second violent crime in the downtown area in three days, the other was a stabbing on Thursday on the 600 block of 4th Avenue.
“The first thing that flies through my mind is this is something on the rise. It is something that we didn’t have when we came to town 20 plus years ago,” said David Stuart, a local business owner in Downtown Huntington.
The shooting incident occurred on the 800 block of 4th Avenue just across the street from Stuart’s restaurant, and he said officers were still patrolling the scene when he came to work around 9 AM.
“There were a few law enforcement vehicles with their lights flashing, and I’m pretty sure I saw tape across the street”.
Stuart said incidents like the one that happened Saturday morning have started to have an effect on local businesses like his own.
“I am hearing people talk about it, even before the events of the past couple of days. Customers talk about it. Parking is an issue, so they are kind of concerned where they park”.
The local business owner of more than 20 years blames a lot of it on the increased drug use in the area, and said residents need to start holding local officials and themselves more accountable.
“We need to have harsher penalties in my opinion to come down. . . on folks that are users”.
He also said events like the one that happened this Saturday are sad because he never thought he would see it in a place like Huntington.
A place he not only does business but calls home.
Captain Dan Underwood of the Huntington Police Department told 13 news the incident is still under investigation, and no arrests have been made.
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (WOWK) — Huntington Police say one man is dead and another person was injured after a shooting at a popular downtown bar.
It happened just before 3 AM outside of The Latern on 4th Avenue in downtown Huntington.
Police say 39-year-old Sontezz Lomax died at the scene. Another person was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, possibly caused from flying debris.
Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Bureau and the Forensic Investigation Unit are on scene and investigating.