New information, including the name of the victim, has now been released about Sunday night's shooting in Littleton. Sergeant J.E. Shriver of the West Virginia State Police reports that the condition of the victim, Nicholas E. Spencer, has been upgraded to stable at a Morgantown hospital. Shriver states that doctors say that Spencer-who was shot in the liver, chest, and back-should make a recovery. Corporal W.D. Henderson, the lead investigator in the case, has spoken to the victim, but the information Spencer provided will not be released to the public at this time.
Shriver further explains that out of the four individuals in the red late-1990's model vehicle, three are suspects while the fourth remains a person of interest. Shriver does not believe these four individuals are from Massachusetts.
The shooting happened on the old railroad tracks in north Littleton, which is now used as a road. This road runs parallel to U.S. Route 250. It was previously reported that the victim, who was in the area visiting family, was talking to one of the subjects in the vehicle, believed to be a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo or Ford Thunderbird. As Spencer was headed back to the residence he was visiting, an African-American male had exited the car and followed him, then fired two to three rounds out of a small caliber pistol at the victim, striking him in the torso area.
The suspect who fired the shots then went back to his vehicle, which contained at least three other subjects. As the vehicle was leaving, at least four more rounds were fired out of the car from its location at the railroad tracks, toward the residence. The car left the area and the victim was taken by helicopter to the hospital.
"The investigation is moving forward pretty well. We are waiting on information from other police agencies on some names and photographs," Shriver stated. "We do have a motive, and it is not being released at this time. . . Just to reiterate to the public, this is believed to be an isolated incident, nothing random. We believe the suspects had a target they were going after and knew where they were going. There should be no concern to the area or the surrounding areas."
Shriver also encourages the public to call in with any information they might have regarding the shooting. "We've been receiving tips, information, and leads daily since this happened, and we've been checking in to each one of them. Any small thing people may have seen, call us. Something small to them could be a casebreaker to us."
If you have information, call the Hundred detachment of the West Virginia State Police at 304-775-4488.