BARNESVILLE -- The two men shot outside a Franklin Street home during an altercation with a Barnesville resident a week ago were brothers who reside in Cambridge.
Authorities declined to release the names of the victims prior to press time.
One of the men reportedly remains hospitalized at a Pittsburgh, Pa., hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the chest. His brother, who suffered a gunshot wound to the leg that severed the femoral artery, has since been released from the hospital.
Both men were flown to the Pittsburgh hospital by medical helicopter following the shooting.
No charges have been filed in connection with the incident.
Belmont County Prosecutor Dan Fry has identified the altercation that led to shots being filed as "domestic-related." The men were reportedly fighting over a woman identified as the alleged shooter's ex-wife.
According to reports, the series of events that led up to the gunshots ringing out at approximately 11 p.m. on May 16 started with an altercation involving one of the Cambridge residents and the Barnesville man at his home.
The Cambridge resident reportedly suffered injuries during the altercation and was transported to Barnesville Hospital for treatment.
At this time, the Cambridge resident contacted his brother to come to Barnesville and pick him up at the hospital. That is when the two brothers reportedly decided to return to the Barnesville man's home to for a second altercation.
In the meantime, the Barnesville resident's ex-wife learned of the brothers' intentions and warned him they planned to return to the home to confront him again.
Authorities said one of the brothers was armed with a firearm.
When the men arrived at the home and one of the brother's knocked at the back door, the Barnesville man allegedly answered the door armed with a gun and a second altercation ensued. It was then gunshots were fired, striking the original combatant in the leg and his brother in the chest.
Both injuries were reportedly life-threatening.
Fry said his office and Barnesville police are still reviewing the actions of all three men to determine what, if any, charges are filed. He declined to speculate what charges could be filed at the conclusion of the investigation.
Belmont County authorities say the shooting may have been avoided if the Barnesville resident simply didn't answer the door when the brothers returned to his home.