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11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 UPDATE:

New details are released regarding the arrest of Randolph Edward Stump, Jr.  According to the criminal complaint, Stump was previously convicted on a second degree murder charge in November 1998.  As a result, he is not allowed to be in possession of a firearm.


8:50 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 UPDATE:

SOPHIA, W. Va. (WVNS) — The suspect in a shooting incident has been arrested by West Virginia State Police.

Sgt. G. D. Williams with the Beckley detachment of State Police told 59News Randolph Stump was found at Apple Tree Apartments in Sophia on Tuesday, January 16. 

Investigators said he was at his girlfriend’s home. She has been identified as Malena Trent.

Stump is accused in a shooting incident on Harper Road, where he allegedly fired a weapon at two people. Stump was arrested Tuesday and charged with wanton endangerment and being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

Trent is also facing obstruction charges. 


7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 UPDATE:

The man hunt continues as law enforcement agencies search for a suspect allegedly involved in a shooting that happened Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 in Raleigh County.

On Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 59 News spoke with those who heard the gunfire unload. “I said that was someone unloading a magazine,” the Owner of Agony Tattoo on Harper Road, Lorna Meadows said.

Meadows was among the people in a small circle of businesses that heard the exact moment a man allegedly started shooting in their parking lot. “We were actually getting ready to do a piercing and we heard the gun unload,” Meadows explained. 

Troopers identified the shooter as Randolph Stump and said Stump first fired shots near the Go Mart on Harper Road. “I think there was a brief altercation at Go Mart and it escalated to firing rounds out the window,” West Virginia State Police Trooper Chris Dunn said.

From there investigators followed Stump’s trail as he and his son chased the couple further down Harper Road in the area near Mama Lina’s Video Parlor.

A surveillance video showed the couple pulling into the parking lot and not long after, Stump’s car came in behind them. “They pulled in there to actually get away and that’s where more rounds were fired,” Trooper Dunn explained.

In the Mama Lina’s parking lot, Stump fired more rounds at the couple. After that Stump and his son drove away toward the Sweeneysburg area. According to troopers, it was off of Sweeneysburg Road where their car crashed. 

Troopers said Stump ran into the woods with a gun, leaving his son who was driving the car behind. Troopers later talked with his son who claimed his dad was scaring him. “Stating he was scared to death of his father. His dad was firing rounds out the window and he has no idea why his dad was doing this,” Trooper Dunn explained. 

Stump’s son has not been charged in this case.

West Virginia State Police said Stump is believed to be armed and dangerous. Trooper Dunn said Stump has been convicted of murder in the past and could be a dangerous man. If anyone sees Stump they are urged to contact West Virginia State Police immediately. 


11:50 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 UPDATE:

Troopers with the Beckley Detachment of the West Virginia State Police are investigating a shots fired incident. It happened at around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 near the GoMart on Harper Road.

Witnesses told investigators, Randolph Edward Stump, 43, of Sophia, WV fired shots at a vehicle with two people inside.  When the victims drove away, Stump followed them to the parking lot of Mama Lina’s where troopers said he fired several more shots before driving away.

Stump’s vehicle was found wrecked on Seahurst Drive off of Sweeneysburg Road a short time later.  Stump is believed to have ran away from the accident. 

Investigators are still looking for Stump.  He is considered to be armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information on his location is asked to contact the West Virginia State Police at 304-256-6700, 911 or CrimeStoppers of West Virginia at 304-255-STOP (7867).  Anonymous tips can also be left online at the CrimeStoppers website or by using the P3 Tips App on a smart phone or mobile device.


7:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 UPDATE:

Investigators have released the name of the man they said is involved in a shooting that happened in Raleigh County Wednesday night.   

Law enforcement tells 59 News they are still actively looking for Randolph Stump.  He was last seen in the Sweeneysburg Road area wearing a grey hoodie.  

As of 7:30 Thursday morning, no arrests have been made.  

Stay with 59 News on this developing story. 



BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — A shooting incident is being investigated by West Virginia State Police after shots were reportedly fired on Harper Road. It happened on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at around 4 p.m. near Mama Lina’s. 

Investigators said shots were fired by at least one person. 

The suspect reportedly fled the scene, and police were searching for one of the men in the area of Sweenysburg Road. Investigators said they’re looking for a white man wearing a grey hoodie. 

59News has a crew in the area and will bring you the latest information as it becomes available.  

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