Two Charleston men were fatally shot early today.

Charleston police officers heard gunshots at 2:30 a.m. while they were on regular patrol near Seventh Avenue. Moments later they received a 911 call.

When officers arrived at a bar they saw a crowd of people in the parking lot around Monty Henry, 20, lying on the ground, unresponsive.

A second man was discovered dead in a car that struck a pole a distance away.

Charleston police said the crowd reached about 100 people and became disruptive, uncooperative and agitated.

The Charleston Gazette reported "People in the crowd were trying to protect the crime scene, wouldn't obey police and were cussing officers, Hammons said. The commanding officer on the scene called for backup officers from the State Police, Kanawha County Sheriff's Department, and Dunbar and South Charleston police departments."

"When the ambulance arrived, the crowd had become so unruly that the paramedics had difficulties reaching the victim, Hammons said. The officers had to use a police dog to clear a pathway to Henry."

"After the paramedics treated and transported Henry to CAMC General Hospital, the police department received another call about a traffic accident at Virginia Street and Tennessee Ave. Officers arrived on the scene and saw Brandon Evans, 19, had crashed into a utility pole, splitting it in half, Hammons said." Evans was dead. He had been shot at the same location as Henry.

In July 2002, Henry was charged with malicious wounding and two counts of wanton endangerment stemming from a shooting outside the Dew Drop Inn on the west side.

A Kanawha County man has been charged with the murder of his wife and daughter.

Christopher Wade Blackwell, 30, who police say called 911 saying he stabbed his wife and daughter to death near Pinch Friday morning, is in jail.

Police say Blackwell's two sons and his niece watched as Blackwell stabbed his 11-year-old daughter, Brittany, and wife, Sherry.

Sherry Ann Blackwell, 26, had obtained an emergency protective order for domestic violence against Blackwell on May 27.