Man Dies After Early Morning Shooting in Wheeling

Photo by Heather Ziegler Wheeling police are looking for the person responsible for the shooting death of a 41-year-old man early today on the sidewalk in front of 7 S. Penn St. on Wheeling Island.

WHEELING — A 41-year-old man shot on Wheeling Island early today died after undergoing surgery for multiple gunshot wounds, according to Wheeling Police Department spokesman Philip Stahl.

The Wheeling Police Department responded to the area of 7 S. Penn St. at about 1:40 a.m. today where they found Ahmid Salem Hinton on the sidewalk. He had been shot numerous times, police said.

He was taken to Ohio Valley Medical Center, where he underwent surgery, but died shortly before 5 a.m..

Wheeling Police officers patrolling the area heard the gunshots, and responded within minutes, Stahl said. Hinton was able to tell officers that an unknown male approached him in a vehicle from the intersection of South Penn and Virginia streets. The shooter then got out of his vehicle, approached Hinton and shot him multiple times. According to Hinton, the shooter then got back into his car and fled north on South Penn Street then onto Zane Street.

During a press conference at 11 a.m. today, Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger and Detective Gregg McKenzie said they are following several leads, but do not believe this was a random shooting. “We have recovered multiple pieces of evidence and seized a couple of vehicles,” the chief said.

“I have had enough of the gun violence. It’s not necessary,” Schwertfeger added. “I am confident with the quality and skill of the men and women of the Wheeling Police Department that we will have a solution soon.”

As of press time, there were no suspects, however, it is believed the shooter is a male, who fled in a dark-colored, possibly blue sedan.

Schwertfeger said police were familiar with Hinton but could not expound on whether he had a police record. He said today’s shooting was the third such incident at 7 S. Penn Street which included a home invasion in 2015. However, he does not believe the incidents are related as various families have resided at that location over the years.

Meanwhile, Bellaire police continue to search for leads in the shooting death of a Bellaire man found dead in his home on Sunday. Relatives found Brad McGarry, 43, in his basement at 358 Wagner St. in West Bellaire at about 6 p.m. Sunday. According to reports, McGarry had been shot in the head and no weapon was found at the scene.

In addition to the Bellaire Police Department, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is working on the case.

Bellaire Chief Mike Kovalyk could not be reached for additional comment.

McGarry worked at a local coal mine and was friendly, according to neighbors.

During today’s press conference in Wheeling, McKenzie was asked if the two murders could be connected.

“I don’t believe we have people just running around and shooting people on the street at random. These were not random shootings,” McKenzie said.

Schwertfeger said he was proud of the police officers who responded to this morning’s shooting. “They worked hard trying to save his (Hinton’s) life,” he said.