Neighbors react to double homicide in Fairmont

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WDTV)-- Sunday afternoon's double homicide isn't the only murder to happen in Fairmont this month. Just last week, another incident left two men dead. One man was killed outside the First Exchange Bank in Fairmont and the suspect later took his own life in Harrison County. The common theme to most of this seems to be one thing, drugs.

People who live on Satterfield Street were shocked and surprised to learn of the violence happening right next door Sunday afternoon. They said the street is usually quiet and peaceful.

"I saw the cops come up the connector and I didn't know what was going on and then they all just showed up here. It was kind of interesting to watch everything, but I wasn't expecting it to be a homicide," said Jessica Swisher, Fairmont resident.

Another man who lives a few houses down said he has lived here all his life, but the crime in the area is skyrocketing.

"A lot of cars come in and out after hours when the park is supposed to be closed and they do something. It's the general consensus of the neighbors and myself that it is a drug deal going down and then they jump back on the highway and get out. The gateway has not been a plus for our neighborhood. There's a lot of traffic in the neighborhood that we didn't used to have," said George Shoemaker, Fairmont resident.

Fairmont Police Chief Steve Shine said they are continuing to see more drug related cases.

"I've seen a different increase in the drug problem. It will go anywhere from pills, to heroin, to meth, to crack, we've seen all kinds of trends. It just depends on what's available and what people are pushing and it depends on what people are bringing in," said Shine.

Right now, police are not releasing a description of the suspect, but they say the general public is in no danger.

"If you don't deal drugs, you probably don't have to worry about getting murdered, at least by the suspect we are actively pursuing at this time," said Shine.

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