Morgantown shooting suspect on the run

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV)-- "Mr. Cody could be in Detroit or he could be anywhere at this point in time," said Chief Ed Preston of the Morgantown Police Department.

According to the Morgantown Police Department, 21-year-old Imani "Trump" Cody is the suspect they say shot a victim multiple times on December 12.

"We received a report from Ruby Memorial Hospital emergency room that a victim had been transported by private car to the hospital and was suffering from gun shot wounds," said Preston.

Chief Preston says there weren't any reports of shots fired in the area, but through an investigation they found out that it happened in a house on the 600 block of Brockway Avenue.

He says Cody isn't new to the system.

"We have warrants pending for him for malicious wounding. He is known to law enforcement. He's from the Detroit area, but he's had numerous and multiple contacts with law enforcement and is known to be violent," said Preston.

Police say the victim was brought to the hospital by friends and they don't believe they witnessed any part of the shooting.

They say it's not every day that the hospital calls to make a report. He says it's state code for them to do so, especially when the victim isn't brought in via emergency transportation.

"Many states have a code that require hospitals to notify the local law enforcement when someone is being treated for gun shot wounds," said Preston.

Preston says Cody has contacts in several counties and they're making leads on where he might be.

"He could be anywhere from Fairmont to Morgantown to Clarksburg," said Preston.

Cody should be considered to be armed and dangerous, so police are warning people to be alert and call with information.

"He is known to have a firearm and he has shot someone with that firearm. We don't want anyone to approach him and to call 911 immediately," said Preston.

Police say they don't know what the motive in the shooting might be and the investigation is ongoing.

5 News talked with officials from Ruby who say they don't have a patient under the victim's name anymore. He did have emergency treatment, but his condition is unknown at this time.

Stick with 5 News on the latest in this investigation.