KEYSER – A Ridgeley man was indicted for murder and related charges in connection with the July 2016 shooting death of a 19-year-old woman at a residence in Carpendale.

By Liz Beavers

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KEYSER – A Ridgeley man was indicted for murder and related charges in connection with the July 2016 shooting death of a 19-year-old woman at a residence in Carpendale.

Phillip Richard Shipley of Ridgeley was charged with one count of attempted murder and four counts each of attempted murder and wanton endangerment – all felonies - when the Mineral County Grand Jury heard evidence in his case on Tuesday.

According to the West Virginia State Police at the time of the incident, the Mineral County 911 Center received a call related to a person shot in Carpendale at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2016.
Units from the Keyser State Police Detachment Detachment, West Virginia DNR, the Mineral County Sheriff's Office and Ridgeley Police answered the call and responded to the scene, located at 11 Buddy Lane in Carpendale.
The suspect, identified as Phillip Richard Shipley, 68, was secured outside of the residence and the victim, Bernice Amber Crawford, 19, was found lying on the kitchen floor, deceased from a single gunshot wound to the chest.
Senior Trooper Z. J. Paterline was assigned to investigate the crime.
Officers said the incident was believed to be related to an altercation that occurred earlier in the day in Cumberland, where Shipley allegedly assaulted Crawford. Shipley was then attacked and beaten by Ms. Crawford's boyfriend.
Crawford, accompanied by several friends, went to Shipley's residence. The other parties were reported to have been in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.
Crawford was said to have gone into the residence alone to speak with Shipley, at which point he fired his Hi-Point .40 caliber pistol at a close range into Crawford's chest, killing her.
Shipley also fired his gun several times at Crawford's friends as they fled from the scene.
Police also learned the victim was six weeks pregnant by her boyfriend, which was confirmed though family. They said when Shipley was made aware of the pregnancy,  he became angry.

Phillip Richard Shipley was charged at the time with two counts of first degree murder and three counts of attempted murder and was transported to the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail.