MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A Charleston man has been charged after allegedly firing a gun during an altercation between two fraternities in Morgantown.
On February 2, officers with the West Virginia University Police Department responded to a residence on Naomi Street in Morgantown in reference to a large fight where there were reports of shots fired, according to a criminal complaint.
When officers arrived at the residence, they saw two people sitting outside, who said that an altercation had taken place between the Sigma Chi and Phi Sigma Kappa fraternities, officers said.
One of the people said that he saw a black male wearing a gray sweatshirt pull a pistol and point it at him and his friend, then walk away, according to the complaint. According to another witness in the incident, the black male stated during the altercation that “he would be back with a gun,” and returned moments later and “pulled the pistol out,” officers said.
When the male, later identified as Donte Wilkerson, 24, of Charleston, pulled out the weapon, people involved in the altercation ran into the Sigma Chi fraternity house, at which point Wilkerson began to head toward the intersection of Fife Avenue and Price Street and fired his weapon, according to the complaint.
Officers were able to confirm this by watching security footage of the area, and a sweep of the area with a metal detector on February 5 found a single 9 mm shell casing, officers said. Police were able to discover the identity and location of Wilkerson from social media, the complaint stated.
Wilkerson has been charged with wanton endangerment. He was processed at North Central Regional Jail and is currently out on $6,500 bond.
Wilkerson is a WVU student, according to WVU University Relations. All students are subject to WVU’s Student Conduct Code.