(01/14/2008)
THREE SHOT IN KANAWHA NIGHTCLUB - Three people have been hospitalized following an early morning shooting incident Saturday in Sissonville.

The shooting took place around 3 a.m. at Club Hypnotic, said police.

Lt. C.E. Sisson said two men were removed from the club following an argument. Shortly after, five shots were heard, and Shantaq Mitchell, 27, Jamaka Mitchell, 24, and Kristin Morris, 23, were wounded, he said.

Charleston Area Medical Center reported Jamaka Mitchell is in the intensive-care unit and Morris is in the trauma step-down unit. Mitchell's condition was unavailable.

Police have yet to make arrests.

CHARLESTON SCHOOL CLOSES PLAYGROUND - The West Side's Grandview Elementary School has banned outside play, keeping students inside the building.

Charleston police will start monitoring the school closely after reports of multiple nighttime shootings nearby.

"To my knowledge, it's a high-powered pellet gun, but this is not to be taken lightly," said Kanawha County schools Superintendent Ron Duerring.

Charleston Police Lt. C.E. Sisson said the department will set up surveillance around the school.

The shootings have been going on for a month, the latest taking place Saturday.

The shooters have shot out several school employees' car windows, including Principal Sherrie Davis.

RAVENSWOOD SHOOTING - A shooting Friday night around injured one man, according to Lieutenant Ron Crawford with the Ravenswood Police Department.

25-year-old Nathan Shockey of Ravenswood shot 27-year-old Brian Kerns of Evans during a dispute at Shockey's home.

Officials said Shockey pulled a 9 mm handgun out as a threat to get Brian and Joshua Kerns to leave the house.

Police said Brian Kerns suffered minor injuries and was taken to Jackson General Hospital.

Shockey was arrested for wanton endangerment and taken to the South Central Regional Jail and rleased on bond.


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