Evidence Suggests Multiple Shooters

Crime scene evidence found in the area of an East Wheeling shooting Monday suggests more than one person fired bullets that struck a law office across the street from Wheeling Central Catholic High School and a van parked on Eoff Street across from the Cathedral of St. Joseph.

Detective Matt Taylor said investigators are still piecing together information and viewing surveillance tapes from cameras located in the neighborhood.

“We found two different calibers of shell casings, leading us to believe there was more than one shooter.” he said.

He said among the 16 casings found, some were from a .40-caliber handgun and some came from a 9mm handgun.

Officers responded to an 11:58 p.m. call Monday regarding shots being fired in the area of the Formosa Apartments at 1307 Eoff St. Officers responding to the scene were advised the suspect had left the scene gone toward East Wheeling. They located the vehicle and arrested Kadijah Irvin of Wheeling within 20 minutes of the initial call. She is charged with driving while suspended, failure to carry an operator’s license, expired registration and possession of marijuana, but not for any acts associated with the shooting.

“She denied any involvement in the shooting,” Detective Sgt. Greg McKenzie said. “The car was towed to Ace Garage and will undergo further examination.”

Police determined 16 shots had been fired. Two entered the law offices of Phillips, Gardill, Kaiser & Altmeyer at 14th and Eoff streets, and four struck the van.

Lawyer Chris Gardill said one bullet entered through back office window and struck a filing cabinet and table near a desk.

“A second one went through a steel entrance door and embedded in a wall of my office,” he said.

Catholic Schools Superintendent Vincent Schmidt said nobody was in the high school building at the time of the shooting and there was never any threat to any students.

“I have no doubt that the security of our school is first rate,” he said.