Gunfire Shuts Down Block Around Wheeling Hotel

By FRED CONNORS

and JOSELYN KING

Staff Writers

WHEELING – Police are still working to identify a man who fired multiple gunshots from the upper level of the McLure Hotel parking garage in downtown Wheeling Sunday.

No one was injured in the incident, which occurred just before 6 p.m. Sunday. This morning, Deputy Chief Martin Kimball said officers found shell casings on the top level of the garage, but have yet to identify a suspect.

“A hotel resident called in and reported shots being fired,” he said. “At this point, it is possible the shooter had no malicious intent to hurt anybody, but for some reason he decided it would be a fun thing to do.”

Kimball said in the absence of any witness or potential victim, the only law broken appears to have been discharging a firearm in city limits.

Police are searching for a white man about 6 feet tall with brown eyes. He was wearing a light-gray baseball shirt and blue jeans.

Assisting Wheeling officers were others from the Bethlehem Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department and the State Police. A number of officers guarded the Market Street entrance to the hotel as additional officers searched the parking garage and the main building.

The hotel was on lockdown for about 50 minutes, with no one permitted to enter or leave. Market Street from 12th to 14th streets was closed to traffic, and people not in uniform could be seen helping to re-route traffic at 14th and Market streets.

Traffic was allowed to pass the hotel again at about 7:30 p.m.

The handful of bystanders on the street were told to stay away from the front entrance area to the McLure.

Police ask that anyone with information on the suspect or incident contact the Wheeling Police Department at 304-234-3664.