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UPDATE: Accidental Shooting Has Neighbors Upset

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 10/20/13 @ 6:00:p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A shooting at an apartment building in Charleston is ruled accidental, but it has neighbors worried and upset with how police are handling the investigation.

Sheila Cunningham has lived at the apartments on Quarrier Street in Charleston for three years. She says people move in and out frequently, but problems, like Saturday nights shooting, only began when one family moved in. "I had found out that the lady got shot by the same people. Everybody knows what they're like in the building."

Police say one neighbor, John Tucker, accidentally fired his gun Saturday night, sending a bullet through a wall and hitting a woman on the other side. That woman's name isn't being released and police believe she has non-life threatening injuries.

Tucker wasn't charged with anything, but neighbors like Sheila think she should be. "What makes it any different for him? He needs to be locked up like everybody else does for a crime that he does. There's no such thing as an accidental shooting. The gun don't go off by itself. It takes the wrong person to pull that trigger."

She says she worries about the safety of her kids and others living there after hearing word of a possible retaliation. "It makes me weary about who walks on this property because of my daughter and my grandson, so yeah, I'm very worried because we're all gonna be in the cross fire whether it's going to happen."

WSAZ spoke with the apartment's landlord. He says he's never had any problems with Tucker or anyone else living in the apartment.

UPDATE 10/19/13 @ 11:29 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Members of the Charleston Police Department are interviewing a suspect in a shooting that happened Saturday night in Charleston.

That suspect, John Tucker, voluntarily turned himself into police at the location of the shooting, 1317 Quarrier Street in Charleston. The Charleston Police Department tells WSAZ that Tucker is not in custody.

According to Police, Tucker was showing off a gun to his friend when it misfired. The bullet went through a wall and struck a woman in the shoulder.

The name of the woman is not being released. She was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman has been taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to her shoulder. Now, police are searching for the shooter.

It happened about 6:00 p.m. near the 1300 block of Quarrier Street.

Police say a man shot the woman in her shoulder and took off. Her injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

Police do not have a clear description of the suspect, but they do have one for the car he was in.

Police are searching for a gray 2002 4-door Pontiac Grand Prix. They say the car has a large green monster energy drink sticker in in the rear window.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information, call Charleston Police at (304) 348-6480.

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