By Rachel Dove
DELBARTON - One man is listed in critical condition in a local hospital after being shot Thursday afternoon by a neighbor.
West Virginia State Police Trooper J.D. Matheny, lead investigator on the case, told the Daily News that the 911 call for help came in at approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday, with the caller reporting that a man was lying in a pool of blood near the roadway just a short distance from the Delbarton Branch of the Bank of Mingo at Lincoln City. Matheny said the man appeared to have been shot.
The Delbarton Police Department was first on the scene, with STAT Ambulance and the state police arriving shortly afterward. They discovered an elderly man identified as Ronald Hall, 68, lying alongside U.S. Highway 52 after apparently suffering a single gunshot to the lower back region and had lost a large amount of blood. He was transported to Williamson Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Pikeville Medical Center for specialized care. Original plans were to fly the victim to Huntington, but due to the weather, those plans had to be changed.
Police quickly took Curtis Marcum, 70, also of Lincoln City, into custody and charged him with attempted murder. The weapon allegedly used in the shooting was recovered and was identified as a .357 Magnum. Marcum refused to disclose what led to the shooting and information remains sketchy, but neighbors who live nearby told the Daily News that Hall had repeatedly aggravated Marcum for a long period of time and caused a lot of chaos. Witnesses said that, in their opinion, the defendant had “just had enough.”
Matheny said that Hall’s medical condition is still listed as critical and says that the victim will be interviewed once his condition improves and he is able to answer questions. The incident remains under investigation by Matheny, with the assistance of troopers J.K. Harris and H.A. Rose. If you have information regarding the shooting, you are asked to contact the Williamson Detachment of the state police at 304-235-4242.