Reporter who thought she heard a gunshot, actually heard truck backfiring

By KBJR News 1

July 17, 2014 Updated Jul 22, 2014 at 1:09 PM CDT

Beckley, WV (NNCNOW.com) --- A reporter covering a murder scene in Beckley, WV, thought she almost became the victim of a drive by shooting on Saturday, July 12.

WVVA reporter Annie Moore was recording video of an apartment complex where a body was found when she thought she heard a shot ring out just as a late model ford pickup truck with a silver tool box in the back drove by.

Moore says she felt the bullet whiz by her head and immediately took cover in the news vehicle. However, police say the reporter actually heard an aging pickup truck backfire.

Beckley police detective Morgan Bragg said Friday, July 18 the driver of the truck was passing by the crime scene when his vehicle backfired, as he said it is prone to do.

Moore wasn't alone. Bragg tells media outlets officers on the scene of the slaying initially mistook the sound of the backfiring truck for a gunshot.