APPLE GROVE — An Apple Grove man has been accused of shooting a Winfield man in the chest.
Michael A. Kenney, 43, of Apple Grove, has been charged with malicious wounding and was awaiting arraignment Wednesday afternoon in Mason County Magistrate Court.
Personnel with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department and West Virginia State Police were dispatched to Kenney’s residence at 1360 Valley Drive in response to a shooting at approximately 11 a.m. Tuesday. Upon arrival, officers were informed the victim, Donald R. McGhee II, 35, of Winfield, had left the residence with an unidentified female. Officers made contact with McGhee on Jerry’s Run Road, discovering he had a gunshot wound to the chest.
McGhee was transported to Cabell Huntington Hospital by Mason County EMS. On Wednesday afternoon, a spokesperson for the hospital said McGhee was listed in fair condition.
According to the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, the investigation into the shooting continued throughout the day and led to the arrest of Kenney, who will likely be facing additional charges. Several people were interviewed in the process of the investigation as well.
The official criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court alleges Kenney shot McGhee with a .380 caliber pistol. The complaint also alleges Kenney gave the pistol to a male whom he would not name to have it removed from the residence prior to law enforcement’s arrival. Kenney is a convicted felon, according to the complaint.
As for what prompted the incident, personnel with the sheriff’s department state it stemmed from a domestic violence incident involving the victim and his ex-girlfriend.
The penalty for malicious wounding allows confinement in the penitentiary for not less than two nor more than 10 years. If such an act is done unlawfully, but not maliciously, the offender shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall, in the discretion of the court, either be confined in the penitentiary not less than one nor more than five years, or be confined in jail not exceeding 12 months and fined not exceeding $500.
Magistrate Gail Roush has been assigned to set Kenney’s bond.