The Clarksburg Police Department has arrested Donald R. Jordan, 25, of Columbus, Ohio, and charged him with two counts of wanton endangerment following a Wednesday morning shooting on Jackson Avenue in Clarksburg.
Jordan is accused of shooting his uncle, Willie Dukes, Jr., 47 of Clarksburg, and his uncle's daughter, Darrell Dukes, 27 of Clarksburg, following a verbal argument, according to a criminal complaint filed by Detective Jason Snyder. The call came into Harrison County 911 at approximately 12:11 a.m. Wednesday. Both Willie and Darrell Dukes were transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital by HealthNet. Both were listed in good condition Wednesday, although hospital officials said neither Willie or Darrell were listed as patients Thursday. Jordan was treated for minor injuries at United Hospital Center and is being held in North Central Regional Jail.
Clarksburg Police Detective Jason Snider said additional charges are possible, but the incident is still under investigation.
Jordan had moved to Clarksburg in July from Columbus, Ohio, said police. Jordan had been living with the Dukes' when they asked him to leave the house due to suspected drug activity, said police. Harrison County Prosecutor Attorney Joseph Shaffer said allegations indicate that Jordan moved to the area to deal drugs. Clarksburg Police Chief Robbie Hilliard said police had not received reports of drug activity at the house prior to the shooting. Jordan continued living in the area and went to the Dukes' house Tuesday night for a party. Police said the situation escalated into a shooting and gunfire was exchanged between Willie Dukes and Jordan. Witnesses told police that Jordan initiated the shooting, emerging from a Jeep belonging to a neighbor, and fired 11 rounds. Shrapnel and glass from the vehicle may have hit Jordan, but he was not shot. Police found Jordan on South Park Avenue shortly after the shooting. He had ditched his weapon in a garbage can outside of D.C.'s barber shop, said police. Jordan was found to have $4,000 cash, crack cocaine, and a variety of pills including Xanax in his possession. Clarksburg Police Chief Robbie Hilliard said Jordan's gun had been reported stolen in Cincinnati, Ohio and that Sgt. Jason Snider has been in contact with police there to determine the time frame in which it was stolen.
"If we only fight it from the supply side, we're never going to win it. We have to fight it from the demand side. Citizens need to rise up and tell their political leaders that they don't want early 1900s New York City in Harrison County anymore," said Prosecutor Joe Shaffer.
"We have a deep, deep thirst for drugs in Harrison County, as a populous, and as long as we have that deep, deep thirst and that wanting for drugs, the dealers are going to come from all over the country. People who sell sunglasses don't set up shop in a cave, they set up shop in a sunny beach. In Harrison County, it shines 24/365," said Shaffer.
"As mayor of the city of Clarksburg, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my thoughts and prayers to the families involved in the latest tragedy here in Clarksburg. We need to come together as a community to rise above this. I encourage everybody to get involved in their neighborhood watch groups. I can't emphasize the importance of being involved. The people within these watch groups are our ears and eyes to this community, and we depend on you greatly. It's not something we can do individually as a city. We need help, so please get involved in your neighborhood watch groups," said Mayor Cathy Goings
Additional criminal charges in the case are pending.
Clarksburg Police had shut down the intersection of North Park Avenue and Jackson Avenue to continue collecting evidence, but it has now reopened.
Harrison County 911 reported a possible shooting in downtown Clarksburg Wednesday morning. 911 officials said it happened just after 12:10 a.m. on Jackson Avenue.
Clarksburg Police Sergeant Bill Reed told 12 News a suspect was arrested on South Park Avenue. No word on the suspect's name. Reed also said three people were transported to the hospital.
Harrison County 911 officials said one person was transported by ambulance to the United Hospital Center and two people were flown by Health Net to Ruby Memorial Hospital. No word on the victim's names or the extent of their injuries.
Witnesses said they heard five gun shots at the time on the reported shooting.
The Clarksburg Police Department is investigating.
State police, the Clarksburg Fire Department and Harrison County EMS also responded to the scene.
Stay with 12 News for the latest on this developing situation.