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UPDATE: Man Found Guilty in South Charleston Robbery, Shooting

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The shooting happened just a few hundred yards away from South Charleston High School on the night before the first day of classes. But the first day of school went as planned Friday, despite concern from some parents.

"If i thought there was a problem, I'd call the superintendent," Mike Arbogast, principal of South Charleston High School, said. "I'm sure he would support me and we'd shut it down, but we hadn't had to do that."

Arbogast said while he received some phone calls from parents worried about the safety of their children, he ultimately felt that the decision to open school was the right one.

"My approach to this is a father first and a principal second," Arbogast said.

He added, "I do not want parents sitting at home or sitting at work saying, 'Is my child safe at school today?' If they attend South Charleston High School, they're as safe here as they're going to be anywhere."

The school is one of a few that has a resource police officer posted at the school at all times. There are also 60 cameras throughout the building, allowing school officials to monitor every part of campus.

"We keep our doors locked, we have keyless entry, you have to punch in a code to get in, they have to buzz to get in during the class time," Lt. Stan Miller, the school's resource officer from the South Charleston Police, said.

Students said they feel safe, knowing the campus is isolated on a hill.

"We're not like along a main road, so that way all the traffic, we know what's going up and down the hill because the only other entrance is  by southmoor, and that gate's always locked," Logan Shomo, student body president at South Charleston, said.

Even though there was no arrest made by the first bell on Friday, school officials and police said they made the right decision.

"I'm real comfortable we covered all aspects of that," South Charleston Police Chief Brad Rinehart said. "I really don't think that we missed that suspect in the woods anywhere."

School officials say while the camera system is a great resource, it's just as important that they get out on campus to interact with students and keep an eye on what's going on.

UPDATE 5/9/14 @ 3:17 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man accused of leading police on a massive manhunt after a robbery in South Charleston has been found guilty.

Tyquan Livermon, 21, was convicted Friday of robbery and wanton endangerment.

The robbery happened in August 2013 at Southmoor Apartments.

It ended with several shots being fired. No one was injured.

No word on a sentencing date.



UPDATE 10/31/13 @ 3 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A trial date has been set for a man accused in a robbery where shots were fired.

Tyquan Livermon, 20, is charged with armed robbery, attempted murder and wanton endangerment.

He was in court Thursday in Kanawha County and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The robbery happened on August 8 at the Southmoor Apartments in South Charleston.

It ended with several shots being fired.

No one was injured.

The criminal complaint states that acquaintances of Livermon's told police that he admitted to the crimes.

Livermon will go on trial on December 18.

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UPDATE 8/10/13 @ 11 a.m.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An arrest has been made in a South Charleston robbery where shots were fired.

It all started around 9:30 Thursday evening at the Southmoor Apartments.

Friday, South Charleston Police arrested Tyquan Antonio Livermon, 20, for the crime.

Livermon is charged with one count of armed robbery and six counts of wanton endangerment.

According to court records, police believe the weapon used during the crime was the same as that found in Livermon’s possession Friday.

The criminal complaint also states that acquaintances of Livermon’s told police the suspect admitted to the crimes.

Police tell WSAZ.com seven shots were fired Thursday at the scene -- one in the apartment allegedly being robbed and six in the direction of responding officers.

No one was injured.

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UPDATE 8/9/13 @ 10 p.m.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three people have been detained and are being questioned about a robbery where shots were fired Thursday night.

The robbery happened around 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Southmoor Apartments.

Melissa Coffman says a man barged into her home, held her at gunpoint and robbed her.

A shot was fired inside the apartment, and once police got on scene, shots were fired at them.

No one was hit.

South Charleston Police Chief Brad Rinehart tells WSAZ.com that officers executed a search warrant on an apartment Friday night on Inland Lane in Southmoor.

Chief Rinehart says officers recovered three weapons, including an assault rifle.

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UPDATE 8/9/13 @ 6:37 p.m.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Hidden behind children's toys there is a bullet hole that now serves as a reminder of the night Melissa Coffman was robbed.

Coffman said she could feel the heat from the gun when the shot was fired. She says police officers believe the toys blocking the wall helped to save her neighbor's life.

The terror happened Thursday night at the Southmoor Apartments in South Charleston.

She was about to sit down, around 9:30 p.m. and eat dinner, when someone barged through her back sliding glass door.

"The next thing I know I see a barrel of a gun that is literally two-and-a-half-feet-long," she went on to say that he demanded she "get down or I am going to start shooting."

Her daughter, who was starting school the next morning, stayed asleep through it all. Her son, who is just two-years-old, did not.

"I just kept begging, I said take anything you want, just leave me and my babies, don't hurt me and my babies."

"My mind is everywhere, I don't think I am anywhere, I keep pacing back and forth with the doors locked, wondering if this guy is going to come back," she said, fighting back tears.

"I was trying to look at the ground, like he said, but I kept seeing my son's feet and I kept wanting to turn my head and he put my son right beside me and told me he would kill me in front of my kid if I lifted my head up."

Melissa filled a bag with things from her home for the robber, and he took off, firing shots in the direction of police officers and launching a search on the ground, and in the air, that lasted hours.

South Charleston Police Chief Brad Rinehart said that they had to lock the area down because they were unable to find the shooter. The area is full of hills. It was extremely dark and rainy.

"It's just access to so many people, even though it's a wooded area," Chief Rinehart explained.

"The dogs tracked, and with the rain and everything, I am real comfortable, I really don't think we missed that suspect in the woods anywhere," he said.

Chief Rinehart says this case may be drug-related.

In all, seven shots were fired -- one inside the apartment, six in the direction of officers.

Coffman had company at the time of the robbery. The man was taken to the hospital, treated and released.

Rinehart says the bag of items that the suspect took from the house was dropped when the man took off. That, along with tips from the public, is helping detectives to crack the case.

Meantime, Chief Rinehart says the response from neighboring agencies was truly a great community effort. It is estimated there were 70 members of law enforcement on the scene from all over Kanawha County doing everything from blocking roads, to redirecting traffic, to helping search for the suspect.

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UPDATED 8/9/13 @ 1:12 a.m.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- South Charleston police have called off the search for a gunman early Friday morning.

Police and SWAT teams, along with a helicopter had been searching in the Southmoor Apartments area.

It started about 9:30 p.m. Thursday with a call about shots fired. Police arrived and say several shots were fired at officers. They say the suspect remains on the run.

Police tell WSAZ.com that one man was been taken to Thomas Memorial Hospital, but was not injured and has been released.

No arrests have been made.

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ORIGINAL STORY
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- South Charleston police have locked down the area of Southmoor Apartments and nearby South Charleston High School as they search for a gunman.

It started about 9:30 p.m. Thursday with a call about shots fired. Police arrived and say several shots were fired at officers. They are searching for the shooter who they say is on the run.

SWAT teams are on the scene and helicopters are also helping in the investigation. Police tell WSAZ.com that one man has been taken to Thomas Memorial Hospital, but they do not believe he was shot.

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