GALLIPOLIS FERRY — Another shooting has occurred in Gallipolis Ferry, though the latest victim has lived to tell the tale – a tale that ends in not only a gunshot wound but an armed robbery of around $1,900 in cash.
According to the Mason County Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, Trooper SC Allen was called to Pleasant Valley Hospital by hospital officials when Brett Allen Rogers, 25, Gallipolis Ferry, arrived at the emergency room with a gunshot wound on Monday.
Rogers, who lives on Crab Creek Road, told Allen he was walking westbound on Crab Creek Road at around 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 19 when two, white, male subjects pulled up alongside him in a red, two-door Pontiac from the early 2000’s, describing the car as either a Sunfire or Grand Am. Rogers said the subjects asked if he needed a ride and Rogers accepted. However, when he began to enter the vehicle, Rogers said he stopped because he noticed a gun tucked behind the passenger’s back. At this time, Rogers said he declined the ride and began to walk away.
Rogers then claimed the passenger, a white male in his early 20’s, around 5’7”, 140 pounds with a goatee who was wearing a gray t-shirt and jeans, then stepped out of the car, pointed the gun at him and demanded Rogers get in the car. Rogers said he kept walking and the suspect fired a gunshot into the air. At this point, Rogers said he ran into the woods and was pursued by the suspect who fired the pistol four or five times with the last shot hitting the victim in the right arm.
Rogers said the suspect found him hiding behind a bush and stated, “Give me your money. I don’t want to kill anybody.”
Rogers said he gave the suspect around $1,900 he’d had in his pocket. The subject returned to the vehicle that then fled the scene.
Though his immediate condition is not known, Pleasant Valley Hospital reported they had no patient named Brett Allen Rogers in the hospital on Wednesday morning.
In a press release, Sgt. EB Starcher, post commander for Mason County, said this case is an ongoing criminal investigation led by Allen. Those with any information on the incident, whether anonymous or not, should call the Mason County Post at 340-675-0850.
The Point Pleasant Register will provide any updates to this case on its website and print edition as they become available.