Weekend Shooting Was Second at Island House

The Cleveland man wanted for allegedly shooting someone Saturday morning inside a Wheeling Island home was himself shot at the same home nearly a year ago.

Wheeling police have issued an arrest warrant charging Steven Clay Kyle Jr., 22, with attempted murder. Investigators allege Kyle shot Darrelle Strowder, 27, also of Cleveland, while the two were inside a home at 22 Vermont St.

Police believe Kyle is armed and dangerous.

Kyle is a black male, 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing about 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo with the word “Benka” on his neck. He sometimes goes by the alias “Chede.”

In October, Kyle was at that Vermont Street home when he suffered a single gunshot wound. He told police he answered a knock on the door that night and an unknown male shot him.

Police said neither Kyle nor the homeowner, Rachel Carney, were cooperative with officers in that shooting. Kyle was “hesitant to speak with officers and evasive when questioned,” a police report states.

No one has been charged in that shooting.

In the latest shooting, Strowder flagged officers down at about 4:05 a.m. Saturday as they responded to reports of shots fired.

He was suffering from several gunshot wounds to his arms and upper body.

The victim was taken by ambulance to Ohio Valley Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries. He has since been released.

Police said Strowder was staying at the Vermont Street home, which is still owned by Carney, on the south end of Wheeling Island.

After summoning an ambulance for the victim, officers noticed bullet holes in the door of the home. There they questioned several people, including witnesses who claimed to have seen the shooting. It is believed an argument precipitated the gunfire.

Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said both Kyle and Strowder “frequent” Wheeling, and stay with various residents during their time here. He said at this point in the investigation, it would be “pure speculation” to say what the pair were doing in Wheeling.

Police urged the public to call department headquarters at 304-234-3664 if anyone sees Kyle or knows of his whereabouts.