RANSON — No arrests have yet been made in the shooting death last week of a 27-year-old Ranson man, according to Ranson Chief of Police William Roper.
Roper said police are looking for what they believe were three men wearing masks, who broke into an apartment rented by Rachel Cooke at Apple Tree Gardens apartments in Ranson on April, shooting both Cooke and Dontrell Tyree Curry, who was pronounced dead at the scene when police arrived at the residence shortly after 5 a.m.
Cooke was treated for a gunshot wound to the arm at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, and was released late last week, Roper said.
Curry sustained a bullet wound to the head.
Two of Cooke’s underage children were present in the apartment at the time of the shooting. Roper said Cooke as well as one of children has been interviewed as part of the investigation, which is continuing.
“We’re still interviewing her and speaking to her on a continuing basis as to the elements of the crime,” he said.
A West Virginia Jails website shows Curry was incarcerated at Eastern Regional Jail in October 2009.
Roper said any past criminal record is not relevant to the police’s investigation of the shooting.
“He is a victim of a homicide and we are treating him as a victim,” he said. “His past is not a concern to us.”
The Ranson police department is being assisted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, as well as the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
“We’re utilizing each other’s resources to identify persons who have knowledge or persons who are responsible,” Roper said.