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UPDATE: Second Arrest Made in Downtown Charleston Shooting

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

UPDATE 4/27/14 @ 6:50 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A second arrest has been made in connection with a shooting that happened Saturday in downtown Charleston.

Charleston Police say that Tasheem Collins was located in the Dunbar area and is in custody.

Officers say Collins is one of two men who were kicked out of a bar on Capitol Street. Soon after, a bouncer was shot 12 times.

The victim, Richard "Jimmy" Beasley, remains in critical condition.

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UPDATE 4/26/14 @ 11:50 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two people have been taken to the hospital after a shooting in downtown Charleston.

Charleston Police say Richard "Jimmy" Beasley, a Bouncer at a bar on Capitol St., was shot 12 times while he was walking two women to their cars.

The shooting happened around 2:30 Saturday morning at the corner of Hale and Capitol St. along the Kanawha Boulevard.

Police arrested George Sawyer, who is 30 years old, after the shooting. He has been charged with malicious wounding.

Lieutenant Steve Cooper says Sawyer was with Tasheem Collins, who is believed to be Sawyer's brother, when the two of them were kicked out of the Charleston Cellar bar.

Cooper says at some point after that Sawyer and Collins got into an argument with Beasley then fired 12 shots at him.

Officers nearby heard the gunshots and quickly got to the scene. They say Sawyer ran away from them by jumping into the Kanawha River. He then swam back to shore where he was arrested.

One of the bullets grazed one of the women who were being escorted their cars, but police say she will be fine.

Cooper says there is a possibility that some kind of crossfire happened between Sawyer and Collins, because Sawyer had to be treated for a gunshot would to his forearm.

Collins is now wanted for malicious wounding and police consider him to be dangerous.

Cooper says Beasley is in stable but grave condition at CAMC.

Gig Robinson from the Alcohol Beverage Control Administration tells WSAZ.com the liquor license for the Cellar has been suspended for ten days, effective immediately.



UPDATE 4/26/14 @ 10:15 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two people have been taken to the hospital after a shooting in downtown Charleston.

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones says two brothers were kicked out of a bar early Saturday morning.

Jones says the brothers left and then came back with guns and shot the bouncer at the corner of Kanawha Boulevard and Capitol Street.

Jones says one of the brothers jumped into the Kanawha River and was arrested a short time later. The other man is still on the run right now.

Jones says the bouncer is in the hospital, but his condition has not been released.

Dispatchers say another person was hurt during the incident, but it is unclear what injuries the person suffered.

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ORIGINAL STORY 4/26/14 @ 4 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two people have been taken to the hospital and one suspect is detained after a shooting early Saturday morning in Charleston.

Metro 911 tells WSAZ.com the shooting happened at the intersection of Capitol Street and Kanawha Blvd. shortly before 2:30 a.m.

Two people have been taken to the hospital. One victim has a gunshot wound. The other victim's injuries are unknown. The extent of the injuries for both patients is unknown at this time.

Metro 911 also tells WSAZ.com one suspect has been detained by police.

No further information is being released at this time.

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