Martinsburg Man Robbed, Shot on His Way Home


MARTINSBURG, W.Va.- Many questions still unanswered as a man was shot in his right abdomen area on the 100 block of North Tuskegee Street after coming home from a Martinsburg 7-Eleven around 10:30 Saturday night, according to a Martinsburg Police Department press release.

"He bought his usual, everyday thing," said Jacob Gilmer, a 7-Eleven employee who knows the victim. "He's a real calm, collect guy. He doesn't bother anybody."

Gilmer says the man comes in the store almost everyday. According to police, the man was approached by two black males. The man was hit in the head, that's when the two took his wallet and then shot him. The man was transported to Berkeley Medical Center. Gilmer said the man is currently on a ventilator and is unresponsive after undergoing surgery.

"One of our employees just happened to be driving by and she stopped immediately and called 9-1-1 trying to get him some help," Gilmer said. "When they got there, they told the police what had happened, and apparently it was for no reason. They got the money and they still shot him and took off running."

Gilmer said the first thing the man said to the employee was he wanted her to tell his sister what had happened so that she was aware of the situation in case he passed away. Gilmer and other residents say crime in Martinsburg is rising and becoming more common.

"We have a bad reputation for things like that happening," Gilmer said. "It's just very unfortunate that it has to happen to somebody who doesn't bother anybody, just goes about his life."

Anybody with information is asked to contact the Martinsburg Police Department at 304-264-2100 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-2999

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