5 NEWS UPDATE:
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Police charged a Harrison County man Friday with four counts of first-degree murder after an early morning Clarksburg shooting. The victims included an elderly man and his son delivering newspapers.
Investigators believe 27-year-old Sidney Muller shot the two other victims in a drug-related incident around 4:30 a.m. 29-year-old Todd Russell Amos was found dead at the Locust Avenue scene. 26-year-old Christopher A. Hart died en route to a hospital.
Also found dead were two bystanders: 70-year-old Freddy Donald Swiger and his son, 47-year-old Fred Swiger. The Exponent Telegram said the two had delivered its newspaper for around 30 years.
Police allege Muller fled but was stopped in neighboring Marion County. He was charged in the murders after being questioned by Clarksburg detectives.
5 NEWS UPDATE:
The Exponent Telegram released a press release on Friday morning, announcing that the innocent bystanders in the shooting on Locust Avenue were Fred and Freddy Swiger, a father and son newspaper carrier team. They worked for the company for over 30 years.
According to the Associated Press Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney, Joe Shaffer, has not said if a suspect is in custody. Shaffer instead said investigators expect no more activity from the individual responsible and the public is not in danger.
Full Statement from Exponent Telegram President Brian Jarvis:
It saddens me to bring to you the news that two of our newspaper carriers were killed last night on Locust Avenue while delivering their route. Fred and Freddy Swiger, a father and son team with over 30 years with the company, were fatally shot this morning at around 4:30 a.m. They were innocent bystanders in this shooting. Our sources report that two other people were killed and a suspect is in custody.
I only had the pleasure of knowing Fred and Freddy for the past year and a half since I took over ownership of The Exponent Telegram. They were extremely nice, loyal, and cared very deeply about their customers. Further, their customers cared very deeply about them from the calls already this morning. They built a connection with people that was unique and special in every regard.
Although they were independent contractors, like many of our long time carriers, they became part of The Exponent Telegram family. We respect them and each of our carriers for getting the products we create to our customers in the middle of the night in rain, snow, and sleet. Fred and Freddy exemplified this seven days a week in their over 30 years of service.
We hope justice will be served as soon as possible for this heinous and senseless act.
We ask that in light of this tragedy that you respect the privacy of our employees and independent contractors. Further, please direct any questions relating to this incident to me.
Four people are confirmed dead after a shooting early Friday morning in Clarksburg.
Police were called out to the scene on Locust Avenue at around 4:30 a.m. Two victims were found in the street. A third victim was found inside a nearby home.
According to Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney, Joe Shaffer, the fourth victim was being taken to the hospital, but died on the way there.
Two of the victims were said to be innocent bystanders. Shaffer says the incident appears to be drug related.
Tune in to 5 News Midday at noon for the latest on this incident.
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