Mercer County man shoots roommate

By Staff reports

MONTCALM, W.Va. — A man shot his roommate in Mercer County on Thursday morning, according to an official with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.

Police charged John Smith, 23, of Montcalm, with malicious wounding and attempt to commit a felony, after they say he shot Eric Ernest, 31, at their residence in Montcalm.

Smith allegedly shot Ernest after an altercation broke out between Ernest and two females. Two couples live in the residence, the official said.

Ernest was taken to the hospital, but the extent of his injuries were unknown Thursday evening.

Smith was being held on $100,000 bail at Southern Regional Jail on Thursday.

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