PARKERSBURG - A Parkersburg man has been charged with wanton endangerment after shooting a Lynn Street dwelling.
Parkersburg police Sgt. Greg Collins said officers arrested Shaun Linko Wednesday in an early-morning shooting into a vacant house at 1122 Lynn St.
Police say approximately two dozen bullets were fired into the house around 2:15 a.m.
Parkersburg police evidence technician Ross Clegg and Detective T.P. Wolfe review bullet holes into 1122 Lynn St. Wednesday morning. Shaun Linko, 25, of Parkersburg, has been charged in the shooting. (Photo by Jody Murphy)
Upon arrival, officers found the house riddled with bullet holes and approximately 24 spent bullet casings from a 7.62x39mm assault rifle. According to the landlord, the tenants had recently moved out, with the residence being vacant at the time of the shooting. Several items were damaged by bullets, including a water line that was struck after a bullet apparently penetrated three walls.
Parkersburg police Detective T.P. Wolfe said six shots were fired into the house and porch railing and another six or seven shots struck the underpinning.
"They tattered it pretty good," Wolfe said.
Witnesses were able to provide a vehicle description, with one witness stating she saw "fire" coming out the barrel of a weapon from the suspect vehicle.
Collins stated a vehicle matching the description of the suspected vehicle was spotted by Wood County sheriff's deputies near Interstate 77 and U.S. 50 approximately 20 minutes later.
Linko was arrested at the park-and-ride off U.S. 50 and Core Road for possession (of marijuana) with intent to deliver.
Collins said after interviewing witnesses, Parkersburg police charged Linko with shooting into the Lynn Street house.
"Following the processing of the scene and interviews with Linko and witnesses, detectives officially charged him with the shooting," Collins stated.
Linko was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court and is being held on a $50,000 bond.
Wednesday's arrest was not the first for Linko. About a year ago he was charged with firing a gun into an unoccupied car at Terrapin Apartments on Dudley Avenue, according to the Parkersburg Police Department. Linko was charged with destruction of property, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a home and being a felon in possession of a firearm, police said.
According to a police report, on the night of the incident a vehicle pulled into the apartment parking lot and someone fired eight shots from a .40-caliber weapon into an unoccupied vehicle. The shooting was witnessed by several people.
Wednesday's incident also occurred about two blocks from a similar incident on Grafton Street last month when at least eight bullets were fired in an occupied upstairs apartment. A woman was later charged with wanton endangerment involving a firearm.
About two weeks ago, police responded to another call of shots fired in the 800 block of Lynn Street.
According to police, witness reports said occupants of a large, dark-colored SUV, possibly a Lincoln Navigator, fired shots toward the occupants of a smaller, light-colored SUV that was traveling north on Lynn Street. The smaller SUV reportedly stopped with a black man exiting the vehicle and returning fire toward the car.
No arrests have been made, according to Collins.