FAIRMONT, W.Va (WDTV) -- UDPATE 11/12/18
Two people have been arrested in connection to a murder that is now being described as a drug deal that went wrong.
According to the Fairmont Police Department, 28-year-old Kenneth Rager Jr., of Marion County, is charged with 1st-degree murder for the death of Kevin Blanks on November 5th.
Rager allegedly shot and killed Blanks. Blanks had fled from the Merchant Street area, where he had been participating in a drug deal, to Front Street, where he was pronounced dead after being shot multiple times.
31-year-old Dominic Jones, of Marion County, was also arrested for allegedly taking Blanks to the deal, which police say involved counterfeit methamphetamine. Jones is charged with delivery of a counterfeit controlled substance purported to be methamphetamine.
According to Fairmont Police, investigators are aware of other suspects in the murder.
"We are aware that other people are involved in this investigation; both before and after the event which took the life of Mr. Blanks. As we continue to investigate, hopefully, those involved or with direct knowledge come to us before we have to go calling on them," the department said in a press release.
Further details about the investigation have not been released at this time.
If you have any information regarding the murder, you are asked to call the Marion County 911 center at 304-366-4200 and ask to speak to an officer.
The victim of a shooting in Fairmont last night has been identified as 29-year-old Kevin Blanks.
Police say Blanks was found with multiple gunshots wounds in a vehicle on Front Street Friday night. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
An investigation into what happened is still ongoing. Police say Blanks was found in a vehicle believed to have been involved in a reported shots-fired incident on Columbia Street at around 9:15 p.m., less than an hour before Blanks was found.
An investigation has found that there are 4 potential crime scenes involving shootings and robberies related to the shooting. Witnesses at Columbia Street told police that another silver/grey car and two individuals on foot may have been involved in the shots-fired incident there.
Police are asking the public's help to piece together between when Blanks was reportedly shot at around the 300-block of Merchant Street and when he was found on Front Street around 30 minutes later (around 9:45 p.m.).
Police are searching for a silver/grey 4-door sedan with a loud exhaust involved in the shooting. They say at least two men were allegedly involved. One suspect is described as a white man who is 5'10" and was last seen wearing jeans, a dark shirt, and a hoodie. The other suspect is described as a white man wearing a white shirt.
Officials say the incident was a potential chase in the Columbia Street/Morgantown Avenue/Homewood Avenue/ Palatine Avenue area.
If you have any information or have seen any suspicious activity, you are asked to call 911 or 304-366-4200 and ask to speak with an officer.
ORIGINAL STORY 11/5/18
Marion County 911 dispatchers have confirmed a shooting on Fairmont's East Side.
They say it happened in the area of Front Street, Columbia Street, and Elkins Street.
We've been told that a medical examiner has been called to the scene.
5 News has a reporter on the way. Stick with 5 News for the latest.