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Two Arrests Made in Gas Station Shooting

By: Anna Baxter, Steffany Puckett Email
By: Anna Baxter, Steffany Puckett Email

UPDATE 3/17/14 @ 5 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two suspects wanted in connection with a shooting at a convenience store are in police custody.

The shooting happened at 11 p.m. Sunday at the 7-Eleven along West Washington Street.

Charleston Police say Timothy Rush, 24, Charleston, and Sarah Moreno, 20, were arrested Monday afternoon.

Police say Rush bought some items in the store and when he opened the store's front door the victim in the shooting, Gontorwon Toweh, 20, of Charleston, started punching him. The fight continued inside the store.

During the fight, police say Moreno ran inside the store and pulled out a gun and pointed it at the victim and Rush. Then, the fight moved outside to the parking lot of the 7-Eleven.

According to a news release, Moreno gave Rush the gun and he fired 13 rounds at Toweh. Toweh was hit in the chest and in the left thigh.

At last check, Toweh was listed in critical condition at CAMC General.

During the shooting, police say a vehicle and diesel pump were struck by stray bullets. The pump was immediately shut off by 7-Eleven management.

The 7-Eleven was closed for several hours due to the investigation.

7-Eleven officials tell WSAZ.com they are "very thankful that the police have already made and arrest."

This is the second shooting at this 7-Eleven location in less than a year. Last April Antonio "Shake" Collins shot Josh Lawson, and his friend Patrick Moore Jr. inside the 7-Eleven on Washington Street West. That crime happened on April 20, 2013.

Collins later pleaded guilty to the charges and is currently serving a prison sentence. Both victims survived.

If you have any information about Sunday's shooting, you're urged to call the Charleston Police Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/17/14 @ 7:59 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Police are looking for two people who they say were involved in a late night shooting that's left a man in critical condition.

The shooting happened at 11 p.m. Sunday at the 7-Eleven on West Washington Street.

Police say one of the suspects bought some items in the store and when he opened the store's front door the victim, Gontorwon Toweh, 20, of Charleston, started punching him. The fight continued inside the store.

During the fight, police say a woman ran inside the store and pulled out a gun and pointed it at the victim and suspect. Then, the fight moved outside to the parking lot of the 7-Eleven.

According to a news release, the female gave the man the gun and he fired 13 rounds at Toweh. Toweh was hit in the chest and in the left thigh.

As of 7:30 a.m. Monday, Toweh was listed in critical condition at CAMC General.

Shortly after the shooting, the two suspects took off in a silver four door car. The make and model are unknown.

The suspects were caught on surveillance video inside the store.

The man was described as 5'10", 150-170 pounds with a mustache. He was wearing a black and grey jacket and jeans. The female is described as 5'6", 130 pounds. She was wearing navy sweatpants with "AERO" on the front leg and a navy blue blue and silver jacket.

During the shooting, police say a vehicle and diesel pump were struck by stray bullets. The pump was immediately shut off by 7-Eleven management.

The 7-Eleven was closed for several hours due to the investigation.

This is the second shooting at this 7-Eleven location in less than a year. Last April Antonio "Shake" Collins shot Josh Lawson, and his friend Patrick Moore Jr. inside the 7-Eleven on Washington Street West. That crime happened on April 20, 2013.

Collins later pleaded guilty to the charges and is currently serving a prison sentence. Both victims survived.

If you have any information about Sunday's shooting, you're urged to call the Charleston Police Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480.


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