BECKLEY, WV – Beckley Police Detectives are investigating an early morning shooting at the Hargrove Street Apartments located at 222 Hargrove Street that left one man dead, one female injured and one man behind bars.
Beckley Police Officers responded to a shots fired call just after midnight this morning after a verbal altercation led to gunshots at the Hargrove Street Apartments. Cpl Gravely and Ptl. Sweetser arrived on-scene within minutes and quickly took, 31-year-old white male, Eric W. Burkhart of Stanaford into custody a short distance from the location of the shooting. Burkhart was in possession of a handgun.
Additional officers responded to the apartment complex where they located two victims, a 31-year-old white male and a 42-year-old black female suffering from gunshot wounds. The male victim succumbed to his wounds and died on-scene. The female was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The victims names are being withheld pending notification of family members.
An investigation conducted by Detective Sgt. Bragg and Detective Cpl. Walters led to Burkhart being charged with First Degree Murder, Malicious Wounding and three-counts of Wanton Endangerment. Burkhart is being held at the Southern Regional Jail.
Cpl Cuevas and Cpl. Deems, members of the Beckley Police Department Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene, processed the scene, obtained surveillance video, collected evidence and assisted investigators.
Additional details will be released as they become available and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Beckley Police Department Detective Bureau at 304-256-1708 or Crime Stoppers of WV via their free P3 Tips available for download at crimestopperswv.com.