CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Police are investigating after a Charleston man was found shot dead in the middle of a West Side street early Wednesday.
Charleston patrol officers were dispatched at about 2 a.m. Wednesday to 924 Main St. for a domestic disturbance. Officers found the body of Clinton Jerome "Blue" Green, 39, in the middle of Main Street, Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives, said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
Green was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene. Cooper said it appeared Green was shot where he was found.
The chief detective would not release any information about a possible motive but did not believe the shooting was random. He would not go into detail about the domestic disturbance that led to the officers' response.
"At this point we're not able to speak openly about the leads we have," Cooper said. "We do not believe there is any reason for alarm."
Green's death marks the city's sixth murder of the year.
Reporters at a press conference told Cooper there were calls to stop the violence on the West Side. Cooper responded that he was "for stopping violence," but said the violence in the area is no more frequent now than it has been.
"It's unfortunate when anyone is killed," Cooper said.
Detectives said Green was well known to police.
Documents at Kanawha Magistrate Court revealed a cache of criminal charges from 1993 until May of this year.
Charges ranging from trespassing, battery, drug possession and destruction of property were scattered throughout the years. Many of those charges were dismissed.
He also had been involved in the drug trade over the years. Federal court documents showed Green was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison in 1995 after being convicted of possession of crack cocaine.
Charleston police received a tip that a taxi was carrying passengers with crack cocaine into Orchard Manor. Green was the lone passenger in the cab and had with him a bag containing two pounds of crack cocaine, $5,000, clothing and other personal items.