Search ongoing for suspects in shootings

Photo by Evan Bevins Parkersburg Police officers are shown in front of 512A Maple St., where a 26-year-old man was shot in the back Wednesday afternoon.

PARKERSBURG — Area law enforcement officers continued to search Thursday for suspects in a pair of shootings they believe were unrelated.

The incidents occurred within about two hours of each other Wednesday afternoon, one around 1 p.m. at the corner of Maple and Bird streets in Parkersburg, the other around 3 p.m. when a man with a gunshot wound sought help at a residence on Walker Road near Oak Grove Road.

“It doesn’t appear that it’s going to be” connected, Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said. “However, the participants in all those are familiar with each other.”

In Parkersburg, city resident Stephen Duane Wilder, 26, was shot once in the back in front of 512A Maple St. According to a criminal complaint filed in Wood County Magistrate Court, he suffered “life-threatening” injuries that could result in paralysis.

Wilder was listed in serious condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, a hospital spokeswoman said Thursday.

The alleged shooter, Scott Charles “Chaz” Baker, 23, last known address 1506 Sixth St., Parkersburg, was arrested Wednesday and arraigned Thursday morning on charges of attempted murder and presentation of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He is in custody at the North Central Regional Jail on a $500,000 bond.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Wood County Magistrate Court, Baker shot Wilder with a 9-millimeter firearm he then gave to a co-defendant, Alexis Jean Allberry, 23, of 808 Quincy St., Apt. 2, Parkersburg. The complaint says Baker admitted to the shooting in a social media post.

Police located Allberry about half an hour after the shooting in the 500 block of Reed Street and observed a 9-millimeter Keltec semi-automatic pistol in her unzipped purse, a second criminal complaint says. It had three rounds of ammunition consistent with the spent cartridge found at the scene of the shooting, court documents say.

Allberry was arrested on a charge of accessory after the fact to malicious wounding and held on a $200,000 bond.

Police continued to search Thursday for a third suspect, Tanner J. “T.J.” Smith, 21, of Parkersburg, formerly of Marietta. He is described as about 6 feet tall and weighing 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

There is a warrant for Smith’s arrest on a charge of harboring, concealing, maintaining or assisting a principal felon after the commission of an offense. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Parkersburg Police at 304-424-8440 or send them a private message via Facebook.

Parkersburg Police Lt. G.D. Nangle said the shooting seems to have been the culmination of a “short-running feud between the victim and the suspect.”

Maple Street residents said Wednesday they’d had concerns about possible criminal and drug activity in the neighborhood, particularly near 512A Maple St.

Nangle said that address or people who frequent it have generated several police calls in recent months and there has “definitely been drug activity there.” It appears a person renting it has been allowing multiple people to stay there, he added.

“None of that has been good for the neighborhood,” Nangle said.

Stephens said Thursday afternoon that sheriff’s detectives were working to obtain search and arrest warrants related to the Walker Road incident. He declined to release the name of the suspect or suspects or the victim until after the warrants were served.

The victim parked on Oak Grove Road, not far from the Walker Post Office, and made his way to a nearby residence seeking help, Stephens said previously.