Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 8, 2012

Local police probe crash, gunshots on Airport Road

BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

GREEN VALLEY — Road rage with gunfire between suspected drug dealers erupted Thursday afternoon on Airport Road, leaving at least two injured, three detained, and one on the run late Thursday evening.

The incident began to unfold at about 1:45 p.m., starting from a residence not far from the High Country Bar, just west of the intersection of Route 123 and the Mercer County Airport access road. A Mercer County resident traveling east on Route 123, slowed down to allow a maroon Dodge Stratus enter the highway.

“At first, it looked like someone was trying to get into the car, but the door was locked,” Sean Fuda, an eyewitness said. “The Stratus pulled out in front of me, and moments later, a silver Cadillac pulled out behind me. The Stratus wasn’t going too fast at the time, but after we started down the hill, it sped up, passed me and the silver Cadillac got behind the Stratus.”

According to Fuda, the Cadillac struck the Stratus in the rear, prompting the Stratus to accelerate down the hill. He said that the Cadillac also increased his speed, and struck the Stratus again in the rear. On the second contact, the impact knocked the rear bumper off of the Stratus and spun the vehicle around 180 degrees. The Stratus traveled off the road backwards, partially re-entered the road, and came to a stop in a ditch on the north side of Route 123, almost directly across from the Airport Tavern, a bar that is now closed, but was formerly called “Club Blue.”