WEIRTON - Two men who have been charged with murder in connection with a shooting death of a Chicago man in the area of Pittsburgh Street on Friday, were lodged in the West Virginia Northern Regional Jail today after being arrested by Weirton Police.
Lonnie Smith, 31, and Kory Smith, 27, have been charged with murder. A third person of interest, Hakeem Herbert, 22, also was arrested with the Smiths and lodged in the regional jail.
Lonnie Smith and Herbert also were charged with a shooting in October at Club 106 on South Street. Steubenville City Police Chief William McCafferty said the three men had been wanted for questioning about the shooting death of Tristan Jackson, 27, who was shot once in the head shortly after 2 p.m. on Friday.
His cousin, Jermaine Foots, 21, was shot as he ran from the scene and was found near the Pittsburgh Street and Oak Grove Avenue intersection. Foots was transported by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh area hospital.
According to McCafferty, law enforcement officials believe Jackson and Foots got out of their vehicle shortly before 2 p.m. and approached a van.
"Foots said he turned to walk back to his vehicle when he heard gunshots and saw his cousin fall to the ground," said McCafferty.
Both shooting victims are from Chicago. McCafferty said police detectives will question the three men after they are brought back from West Virginia, following extradition proceedings.
Lonnie Smith on April 4 pleaded guilty before Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson to three counts of drug trafficking and one count of escape.
Henderson ordered a pre-sentence investigation, with a sentencing scheduled for April 29.