UPDATE: One shot in Morgantown early Sunday, suspect at large

Published: Nov. 17, 2019 at 6:48 AM EST
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UPDATE 11/18/2019 9:15 a.m.

One person was shot and a suspect is at large after a shooting in Downtown Morgantown early Sunday morning, investigators said.

The shooting wasn't a random act, Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston said in a press release Monday.

The initial shots fired call came in at 3:25 a.m. near the intersection of Chestnut Street and Wall Street, the press release said.

Investigators said a group of people involved in a verbal fight at the 4th and Goal bar left the area and went toward the Chestnut Street parking garage. While the victim was waiting for his friend to pick him up, police said a man got out of his car and fired a single shot at his arm.

The victim left the area and went to Ruby Memorial Hospital. He has since been released. His name isn't being released.

The suspect took off in a silver-colored Ford Flex. Police described the suspect as a tall, heavyset black man wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

The WVU emergency alert system warned students to avoid the area Sunday morning shortly before 4 a.m. The all-clear was given an hour and a half later.

ORIGINAL STORY 11/17/2019 6:45 a.m.

Gunshots were reportedly fired near High Street in Downtown Morgantown early Sunday morning, according to the WVU Alert system.

An initial alert was sent out at 3:58 a.m. with a warning to avoid the area.

Morgantown Police responded to the scene. The all-clear was given roughly an hour and a half after the initial alert.

The suspect left the area and there was believed to be no threat to WVU's campus, the university's alert system said.

Morgantown Police continue to investigate. Anyone with information should call 304-284-7520.

There was no initial word of any injuries.

ALL CLEAR (5:32 am): Suspect has fled the scene. There is no believed threat to campus. The scene is clear, but...

Posted by WVU Safety and Wellness on Sunday, November 17, 2019