UPDATE: Beating Highlights Drug Problem

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

UPDATE 8/18/14 @ 6:15 p.m.
NEW AMANDAVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It wasn't a run of the mill traffic stop for South Charleston Police; that was noticeable by the number of blue lights and the condition of the driver: 30-year-old George McColgan.

Initially pulled over for speeding, it was soon learned that was just the tip of the iceberg.

"His car was riddled with bullet holes and damage," Kanawha County Sheriff's Capt. Sean Crosier said.

McColgan told police he was lured to a home along Oliver Street in New Amandaville to work on a car as payment for a drug debt.

"Once McColgan got to the house, he was immediately attacked and just beaten relentlessly," Crosier said.

"A lot of gun shooting and stuff," said Terra Johnson.

Johnson, who lives next store, heard the bullets ring out.

"My sister came in the house and locked the door so we don't get shot," Johnson said.

Thankfully, the only thing hit was McColgan's car.

However, the incident highlights a daily problem this small community hasn't been able to shake.

"There are different pockets in the Oliver Street area that have always been well-known to police for drug dealing," Crosier said.

Though once a haven for crime, neighbors here have been trying to improve their image with the help of a community council.

"That was a great surprise to me to know what something like that had happened here," said Cerita Watson.

Watson is a former chairwoman of that council, and this shows her there is still work to do.

"With all the working people, hard-working people, that if we pull together, we can stop this," Watson said.

UPDATE 8/18/14 @ 7:45 a.m.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man pulled over for speeding in South Charleston was found covered in blood with a busted out back windshield and bullet holes in his car.

It happened about 9:30 Sunday night.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says 30-year-old George McColgan, III of South Charleston told police he went to a home in St. Albans to meet up with a friend. When he got there, he says he was beaten by several people, who threw rocks and a cinderblock into his car as he drove away. McColgan said one person fired a pistol at his car, but he was not hit by any bullets.

Deputies say McColgan suffered some severe injuries, but denied medical treatment.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

ORIGINAL STORY 8/17/14 @ 10:10 p.m.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- During a traffic stop shortly after 9:30 Sunday evening, police pulled a car over to find the driver bloody and bullet holes in the car. Police also say the rear window was shattered and a cinder block was in the back seat.

The driver was beaten up, but he was not shot.

He told police he was shot at near Saint Albans. The Sheriff's Department is looking into the claims.

South Charleston Police, Kanawha Sheriff's Department, State Police and Kanawha County ambulance were all on scene.

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