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Shooting Victim Leans on Family to Recover


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An innocent bystander, shot on Charleston's West side, continues to recover with his family by his side.

It's been a rough week for Craig Tolley and his family. He was shot in the arm last week during a shootout on Glenwood Avenue.

"Pow pow, went to run and somehow or another I got shot. My little boy had to see that. There was so much blood, so much blood," Tolley describes the horrifying images he will never get out of his mind.

It happened just feet away from where his son was standing.

The shooting riddled bullets across the neighborhood. Tolley was an innocent bystander. "I got shot and as I was running, my arm was just hanging by skin," he said.

A week of recovery -- with even more emotions brought to light as charges against the suspects were dropped and then refiled.

Tolley says, "Everyday I hope to wake up and wish it was a dream and it's not. I've had to fight so many tears and emotions. It's a roller coaster; it's been awful."

His only hope for justice is a safer community for his children to play. "There's children everywhere in this neighborhood that plays between day cares and family homes and this seems to be the one target area," Tolley said.

WSAZ.com asked Magistrate Tim Halloran why he decided to drop the charges. He says because the charges were refiled, he cannot discuss the open investigation.

For more on the shooting, click on the link to the right.


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