UPDATE: Suspect Still Unidentified in West Side Shooting

By: Rahel Solomon, Jennifer Rizzi, Brooks Jarosz Email
By: Rahel Solomon, Jennifer Rizzi, Brooks Jarosz Email

UPDATE: 4/28/13 @ 10:03 p.m.
The suspect of Saturday evening’s West Side shooting remains on the loose as police say witness statements haven’t been able to identify the gunman.

Authorities tell WSAZ the suspect shot Terell Ross at least twice near the corner of Florida Street and Second Avenue.

At least three witnesses have provided descriptions but neighbors hope more come forward so the suspect is caught.

Neighbor Ronald Smith Jr. said the crime is concerning because the shooting happened just feet where he’s raising his family.

“It does concern me that it happened right in my backyard, where my children play,” Smith said.

Smith said he was home during the shooting but was listening to music and didn’t hear the gunshots.

He said if he had, he would gladly assist in identifying the suspect but admits there’s an unwritten code that if you witness a crime, you don’t tell police.

“Some may fear retaliation; some may fear that they don't want to put the community in more danger,” Smith said.

Community leader Rev. James Ealy of the New Covenant Missionary Baptist church said he's all too familiar with the "unwritten code" but said that code is hurting the community.

“If I'm in danger, it's still the neighborhood and if it's the neighborhood then I'm still in danger so either way it's a lose- lose situation by me not talking ,” Ealy said.

Police tell WSAZ they expect to get surveillance of the shooting Monday from a gas station near the shooting.



UPDATE: 4/27/13 @ 11:55 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A shooter is on the loose after police say he shot another man several times Saturday on Charleston's west side.

Officers tell WSAZ.com, the victim, Terrell Ross, was near the corner of Florida Street and Second Avenue when he was shot at least twice.

They say the shooting happened in an alleyway behind a gas station in the area.

Keith Thompkins was shopping inside that gas station when he heard the shots ring out.

"We looked out the door and we could see a guy running down the street," Keith Thompkins said. "He said 'I'm getting out of here,' and next thing we knew the police came up."

Police say Ross ran to get help at the home of a friend in the neighborhood who talked with WSAZ.com.

"He was getting worse by the minute and I guess his leg was getting numb," he said.

Neighbors say they're fed up with violence in the community.

"This is real life," Thompkins said. "But it's too much...it needs to stop."

Police say they're looking for a male suspect who was dressed all in black and wearing a red bandanna.

Officers say they're getting conflicting reports about the number of shots fired. Some witnesses say they heard less than 10 while others claim there were more than 20.

Police say if the upper range is true, they may be searching for more suspects.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE: 4/27/13 @ 8:55 p.m.
Police are searching for a suspect they say shot a man on Charleston's west side Saturday evening.

Detectives tell WSAZ.com the shooting happened in an alleyway along Florida Street near a gas station.

Witnesses describe hearing about eight gunshots just after 7 p.m. Saturday.

Police say the shooting victim ran to a friend's house in the neighborhood in the 1400 block of Second Avenue after he was hurt. That friend then flagged down officers for assistance.

Dispatchers say Florida Street between Kanawha Boulevard and First Avenue are shut down during the active crime scene investigation.

Police say they are getting conflicting reports of how many gunshots were fired. Some say 30-40, other describe about four. They say if the higher range is true, they many be searching for more suspects.

We have a crew on the scene and will have new information tonight at 10 on MyZ and 11 on WSAZ.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A shooting has left one man in the hospital and police searching for clues.

Witnesses tell WSAZ.com they heard about eight shots near 1st Avenue on Charleston's west side just after 7 p.m. Sunday.

Police were called to the 1400 block of Second Avenue and say when they arrived in that neighborhood, they found one man shot and he was quickly rushed to the hospital.

Detectives are on the scene gathering evidence and speaking with neighbors.

Dispatchers say Florida Street between Kanawha Boulevard and First Avenue is closed due to an active crime scene investigation.

We have a crew on the scene. Keep clicking WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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