CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A former member of a West Virginia City Council has been indicted by a grand jury for shooting and wounding a man in a string of shootings that involved knives and Molotov cocktails.
Former Wabash County Councilman Jon LaFoll pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges including attempted murder, assault and recklessly endangering another person.
Mark Carrick, 40, of Wabash, was charged in June with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and criminal damage to property. Authorities said he took the man to a home in the city of Kimball.
Biden LaPour, who served as Wabash’s Chief of Police for more than five years, told local media that police confirmed LaFoll’s arrest and that his city hall was locked. LaPour added that LaFoll also said the man was lying on the floor.
The evidence, including bullet fragments, was in Carrick’s possession when he was arrested, Wabash County District Attorney Josh Shipp said.
According to the indictment, the shooting suspect also shot at two others early Monday in a drive-by. LaFoll said earlier this week that one victim was grazed in the head and the other was shot in the stomach, but did not specify the shooters.
The indictment alleged that Carrick opened fire on a three-car truck stop, striking the back of a second vehicle. Carrick then fired at a third vehicle near a commercial strip center.
About a mile away from the city limits, investigators said LaFoll shot in the White Horse casino and also threw Molotov cocktails.