CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston detectives are still searching for a suspect after a man was shot twice at 833 Oakwood Road in Fort Hill early Thursday.
Lt. Steve Cooper said Hai Nguyn, 47, was shot at his home about 4:45 a.m. by a black man wearing dark clothing.
Nguyn, who hails from southeast Asia, was shot once in the chest and once in the arm. Paramedics transported him to Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital, where he was in critical condition and underwent surgery about 9 a.m. Thursday morning.
Cooper said police talked with Nguyn briefly at the hospital but were only able to obtain a vague description of the suspect before the man lost consciousness. He said the Nguyn likely knew the suspect.
At the scene, police found several hundred dollars in cash and a handgun near Nguyn's doorway. Police also found a crack pipe inside the home, Cooper said, which leads them to believe the shooting resulted from either a robbery, a drug deal gone bad or a combination of both.
A witness overheard the suspect demanding money, he said.
Nguyn's two roommates, who also are from southeast Asia, were at Charleston Police headquarters Thursday morning giving statements to police.
Police closed Oakwood Road at Cantley Drive shortly after the incident and asked motorists to avoid the area while they searched for the shooter.
The roadways were reopened just after 6 a.m., though the suspect remains at large.
"We have no reason to believe anyone else was in danger," he said, adding most violent crimes in Charleston involve parties that know one another and are often tied to other crimes.
Cooper said he hopes police will get more information about the suspect once Nguyn comes out of surgery.
Nguyn was listed as being "under evaluation" as of 5 p.m. Thursday.