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UPDATE: New details released in College Park apartments shooting

Terrell Linear (left) and Shaundarius Reeder (right) were charged with first degree murder....
Terrell Linear (left) and Shaundarius Reeder (right) were charged with first degree murder. (Source: North Central Regional Jail)(WDTV)
Published: Feb. 28, 2020 at 7:35 AM EST
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UPDATE 03/02/2020 @ 11:13 a.m.

Two Fairmont men were arrested after they got into a fight with a West Virginia University student, then shot and killed him at College Park apartments Friday morning, WVU Police said.

Terrell Linear, 21, and Shaundarius Reeder, 20, have been charged with first degree murder.

According to the criminal complaint, police responded to a shots fired call at the apartments at 3:52 a.m.

When police arrived, they found the victim Eric Smith, 21, in the hallway with multiple gunshot wounds. The medical examiner pronounced him dead.

Police say it was determined that Smith and several others arrived at the apartment complex in a dark Toyota Camry.

Smith and two other men, identified as Linear and Reeder, got into a fight in the parking lot, according to court documents. Smith went inside the building. He was followed by Linear and Reeder.

Linear and Reeder then exited the building a short time later, police said. They got into the Camry with the driver and left.

Police say Linear and Reeder asked the driver to take them to Fairmont. However, the driver felt uncomfortable and called a friend who was on the scene of the shooting.

The phone was given to police, who determined that Linear and Reeder were at Walmart on University Town Center.

Granville Police responded to the Walmart and arrested Linear and Reeder, court documents state. Reeder had a pink 9mm Luger pistol.

During an interview, Linear told police that after the fight, he went to the car and got two firearms that were his.

Linear said he gave Reeder a pink gun.

Police said video surveillance from inside the apartment shows Linear and Reeder entering the building, leaving, then entering the building again.

Linear and Reeder are being held at North Central Regional Jail without bond.

UPDATE 02/28/2020 @ 1 p.m.

Two Fairmont men have been charged with first degree murder after a shooting at College Park Apartments that left a West Virginia University student dead Friday morning, officials said.

Terrell Linear, 21, and Shaundarius T. Reeder, 20, were charged with first degree murder, according to a press release from West Virginia University. Both are not WVU students.

They will be arraigned Friday in Monongalia County Magistrate Court.

Eric James Smith, 21, was shot and killed, officials said. He was a sophomore majoring in multidisciplinary studies from Clementon, New Jersey. He was a former resident of College Park Apartments.

University Police Chief W. P. Chedester said the investigation is in the early stages and while the shooting was an isolated incident, the motive is still unknown at this time.

UPD officers were called to the scene to investigate reports of gunshots around 4 a.m., Chedester said. Smith was found in a hallway outside one of the apartments.

The suspects were arrested at a nearby shopping center after UPD had received a tip, Chedester said. A weapon was found during the arrest.

“It’s always a tragedy when a young person loses his life,” Dean of Students Corey Farris said. "Our hearts go out to his family, those students and others who knew him. Our main priority right now is offering support to our campus community,” he said.

Carruth Center counselors were on site this morning to provide assistance to residents and others, officials said.

WVU officials want to remind students to remain aware of their surroundings, walk in well-lit areas and consider other personal safety tips, advice and services located at safety.wvu.edu.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact 304-293-3136 as the investigation continues.

UPDATE 02/28/2020 @ 11:47 a.m.

A West Virginia University student was shot and killed Friday morning at College Park Apartments, officials said.

The victim was identified as Eric James Smith, 21, according to a news release from WVU. He was a sophomore majoring in multidisciplinary studies from Clementon, New Jersey. He was a former resident of College Park Apartments.

University officials say two suspects were arrested shortly after the shooting.

According to Granville Police, the two suspects were arrested at the Walmart on University Town Centre Drive.

The suspects are expected to be arraigned Friday afternoon, University officials said.

University Police Chief W. P. Chedester said the investigation is in the early stages and while the shooting was an isolated incident, the motive is still unknown at this time.

UPD officers were called to the scene to investigate reports of gunshots around 4 a.m., Chedester said. Smith was found in a hallway outside one of the apartments.

The suspects were arrested at a nearby shopping center after UPD had received a tip, Chedester said. A weapon was found during the arrest.

“It’s always a tragedy when a young person loses his life,” Dean of Students Corey Farris said. "Our hearts go out to his family, those students and others who knew him. Our main priority right now is offering support to our campus community,” he said.

Carruth Center counselors were on site this morning to provide assistance to residents and others, officials said.

WVU officials remind students to remain aware of their surroundings, walk in well-lit areas and consider other personal safety tips, advice and services located at safety.wvu.edu.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact 304-293-3136 as the investigation continues.

UPDATE 2/28/2020 8:27 A.M.

University Police say it is now safe to resume normal activities in the area, but to give police room for their investigation.

The medical examiner has been called to College Park Apartments near WVU’s downtown Morgantown campus after a fatal shooting.

University Police confirm that one person is dead and two are in custody. According to Granville Police, the two suspects were arrested at the Walmart on University Town Centre Drive.

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

ORIGINAL

West Virginia University police confirm one person is dead and two suspects are in custody after an early morning shooting on Friday.

According to a press release, the shooting happened at College Park Apartments near WVU’s downtown Morgantown campus.

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

According to WVU Alert, the scene is now clear.

University Police are not releasing additional information at this time.

Stick with 5 News as we continue to keep you updated on this developing story.