UPDATE: Charleston Shooting Suspect Pleads Guilty

By: Rahel Solomon; Olivia Fecteau Email
By: Rahel Solomon; Olivia Fecteau Email
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UPDATE 10/28/13 @ 12:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man has admitted his role in a shooting on Charleston's West Side.

Antonio "Shake" Collins pleaded guilty Monday to attempted murder and malicious wounding.

The charges stem back to April 20, when Collins shot Josh Lawson, and his friend Patrick Moore Jr. inside the 7-Eleven on Washington Street West.

Police say Collins was caught on camera walking into the gas station and bumping into Lawson. When Lawson turned around to say something, detectives say Collins pulled out a gun and shot him in the head. Then, he shot Moore.

Afterwards, police say Collins could be seen picking up a bottle of water and calmly walking out of the store, placing the gun in the back of his pants and smiling at the victim's girlfriend.

Collins faces 13 to 50 years in prison when he is sentenced.

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UPDATE 4/30/13 @ 11:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man wanted for allegedly shooting two people at a 7-Eleven on Charleston’s West Side has a long history with police.

WSAZ.com found Antonio "Shake" Collins’ criminal record began in 1998 with charges of malicious wounding, battery and fleeing from police. In 2006, Collins faced additional battery charges, and in 2008 he was charged with drug charges.

Collins was sentenced to four years in a federal prison after he was caught with a gun. As a felon, carrying a gun is against the law.

Tuesday afternoon, police brought Collins back from Ohio where they said he was hiding.

Collins is charged with two counts of attempted murder after the April 20 shooting of Joshua Lawson and Patrick Moore.

Moore was released from the hospital and, as of Tuesday, Lawson was still recovering in the hospital.



UPDATE 4/30/13 @ 2:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man accused of shooting two men inside the 7-Eleven on Washington Street west has been extradited back to West Virginia.

Antonio "Shake" Collins was arrested in Columbus last week on two counts of attempted murder after police say he shot Joshua Lawson and Patrick Moore. Collins was sent back to West Virginia Tuesday afternoon.

Collins is expected to be arraigned on the charges Tuesday afternoon in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

Moore has been released from the hospital. Lawson is still recovering in the hospital.

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UPDATE 4/20/13 @ 10:50 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A suspect accused of shooting two men inside a convenience store on Charleston's west side is now under arrest.

Detectives tell WSAZ.com Antonio Collins who they described as armed and extremely dangerous has been captured.

Police in Columbus, Ohio, made the arrest Saturday night. Collins is better known as "Shake" on the street, according to police.

He is wanted on an attempted murder charge. The crime unfolded early Saturday inside a gas station convenience store.

Police say Collins was caught on camera walking into the 7-11 on Washington Street West bumping into another customer. When that customer turned around to say something, detectives say Collins pulled out a gun and shot the man in the head.

Detectives also say Collins shot the victim's friend. Afterwards, police say he could be seen picking up a bottle of water and calmly walking out of the store, placing the gun in the back of his pants and smiling at the victim's girlfriend.

Police are considering the shooting random right now. The two victims, Joshua Lawson and Patrick Moore Jr., both of Charleston, are still in the hospital in critical condition.

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UPDATE 4/20/13 @ 4:35 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Police are warning the public to be on the lookout for a suspect they consider dangerous after a shooting at 7-11 that left two men in critical condition.

The shooting took place at 3:15 a.m. Saturday at the convenience store on Charleston’s west side, in the 800-block of Washington Street West. Police say the suspect, 32-year-old Antonio “Shake” Collins, walked into the store around this time, according to store surveillance video.

“[Collins] makes minor contact with another patron there, who appears to comment to Mr. Collins about bumping into him,” Charleston Police Lieutenant Steve Cooper said. “At that point Mr. Collins pulls a gun, puts it to the victim's head and shoots him in the head.”

Detectives tell WSAZ.com, the victim is Joshua Lawson, 23, of Charleston. From there, police said Collins also chased the victim’s friend, Patrick Moore Jr., 22, of Charleston, into the back of the store and shot him. It was the suspect's attitude, however, that police say is most alarming.

“We see the nonchalant demeanor of Mr. Collins following the shooting of these two men,” Cooper said. “He picks up a bottle of water and calmly walks out of the store and across the lot, places the gun back in his pants and smiles at the victim's girlfriend.”

Lawson and Moore are both in critical condition, and Cooper said Lawson has been in surgery.

“We are hopeful that he'll survive, and at this point, we don't want anybody else getting hurt. But we're fearful of that, just due to the violent nature and the unprovoked attack that took place last night,” Cooper said.

Police say Collins has a criminal history and has been investigated for other violent crimes. He has not been arrested or charged in this shooting, but police urge anyone who knows where he is or sees him to be cautious. Rather than approaching him or calling a non-emergency number, Cooper said people should immediately call 911.

While this shooting happened near a number of homes on the West Side, a few neighbors said they aren’t concerned.

"Honestly I was surprised. You hear about some of it but other than that, we all feel pretty safe. Neighbors watch out for everybody else, kids play outside,” Hope Abernathy, who lives about a block from the 7-Eleven, said.

Abernathy has five children, ranging in age from 14 years old down to 2 years old. None of them are fazed by shootings nearby, she said, and they all feel the neighborhood has gotten safer.

“You see the police out all the time, they're patrolling the area, it doesn't make me nervous at all. They've done a lot to clean up the West Side,” Abernathy said.

“We’ve got numerous officers, numerous detectives and federal marshals all looking for him right now,” Cooper said.

Police are not releasing the surveillance video at this time and said they do not have a motive for the shooting.

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ORIGINAL STORY 4/20/13 @ 2:40 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police are on the scene of a shooting reported on Charleston's west side.

911 dispatchers say it happened just before 3:30 a.m. at the 7-Eleven in the 800 block of Washington Street West.

At this time two victims have been taken to the hospital.

There's no word yet on their conditions.

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