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West Virginia State Police looking for person of interest in Institute fatal shooting

West Virginia State Police say they are looking for Juan Chic, a man from Kanawha County who is a person of interest in a fatal shooting Wednesday in Institute. (West Virginia State Police)

West Virginia State Police said they asking for the public’s help in finding a person of interest in a deadly shooting Wednesday evening in Institute.

State Police said they are looking for Juan Chic, who is from Kanawha County. Chic is a black man in his mid-20s. Police say he may be armed and shouldn’t be approached.

Andre Leonard, who was in his mid- to late-20s, was fatally shot about 6:10 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Elm and Wheatley streets in Institute, troopers said.

Troopers said at the time they believe Leonard and the suspect knew one another and said there was a conversation between the two before the shooting happened.

The shooting took place near West Virginia State University's campus, and students were told to stay in their current location and lock their doors.

No WVSU students or staff were involved or injured. West Virginia State University President Anthony Jenkins commended campus police and others on the quick action to keep students safe. Jenkins said the university is enforcing its policy that everyone associated with the school must carry their school ID with them.

Anyone with information about Chic’s location or has any tips about this shooting is asked to call State Police or the South Charleston detachment.

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