Student offers counseling after Wednesday shooting in University Hensel Heights apartments

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An Inwood, West Virginia, man was arrested after an early morning break-in and shooting at an apartment complex near campus that is popular with students.

While no students were involved in the incident, Shepherd University is offering counseling for those who may have witnessed the event and are distressed. Students may visit the campus Counseling Center for help, according to Holly Frye, assistant vice president for student affairs.

According to a press release from the Jefferson County sheriff’s office, officers were called to University Hensel Heights apartment complex around 3:30 a.m. for a burglary in progress. Deputies and units from the county as well as the Shepherd University Police and Shepherdstown Police Department responded.

Harold Marsh, 48, was found in the apartment stairwell with a gunshot wound to an arm and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

He has been charged with burglary and wanton endangerment with a firearm and is being held at Eastern Regional Jail on $100,000 bond.

County Sheriff Pete Dougherty said in an interview that another male involved, “who got a few bumps and scratches,” was not a student.

Marsh, armed with multiple weapons, kicked in the apartment door where his ex-girlfriend lived. He was shot once during a struggle with apartment residents.

Anyone with any information on the incident are asked to contact Deputy C. Hockman with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

With contributions from Todd Bowman, former editor in chief of The Picket.