Two Fayette County shooting suspects were arrested after a police pursuit last week, but authorities say a third suspect escaped and remains at-large.

Zachariah Neal Woodson, 20, of Scarbro, and Hewitt Melvin “Hillbilly” Grasty, 51, of Mount Hope, were charged with malicious wounding and wanton endangerment, Sheriff Bill Laird said. Both Woodson and Grasty were being held at Southern Regional Jail on $50,000 bond.

Tony Jean Walker, 31, of Oak Hill, is wanted in connection with the shooting, but he remains at-large, Laird said.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m. Monday, the sheriff’s department was notified of multiple gunshots being fired near a Powellton residence on Carter Avenue Connector Road, Laird said. The suspects fled the immediate area in a silver Jeep Liberty.

A 17-year-old boy reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, Laird said. He was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center for treatment, and his medical condition was unknown. His name and further identifying information were not released.

The three suspects were intercepted by Montgomery police officers shortly thereafter at the intersection of W.Va. 61 and Armstrong Creek Road, Laird said. Officers observed a firearm being thrown from the vehicle as a pursuit continued on W.Va. 61, toward Deepwater.

The vehicle wrecked in the Robson area, Laird said. One suspect was then taken into custody without incident, but the other two occupants fled on foot into a wooded area. A second suspect was quickly apprehended, but the third escaped.

The shooting’s motive remains unclear, Laird said. While deputies do not know if the juvenile victim knew any of the three suspects, other adults in or around the residence may have been associated with Grasty. Deputies have not yet had the chance to interview the victim.

Walker is described as a black man, 5-foot-5 and 175 pounds, Laird said. He is known to frequent the Mount Hope and Oak Hill areas. Those with information regarding Walker’s whereabouts are encouraged to call the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department at 574-3590.

The shooting remains under investigation by Deputy R.K. Perdue and the sheriff’s detective bureau, Laird said. The Smithers and Oak Hill police departments assisted in the arrest and apprehension of Woodson and Grasty.

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