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Fight over shoes leads to deadly shooting, man arrested for murder

Published: Jul. 26, 2021 at 12:38 PM EDT
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UPDATE 7/27/21 @ 6:19 a.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The suspect wanted in connection to a double shooting in Charleston has been taken into custody.

According to the Charleston Police, Christopher Neil Smith was apprehended in the Clendenin area.

Smith will be transported to the South Central Regional Jail after going through the police booking office.

Smith is facing first-degree murder and malicious wounding charges.
Smith is facing first-degree murder and malicious wounding charges.(Western regional jail)

The shooting happened around 12:15 p.m. Monday at a home along the 800 block of Stockton Street in Charleston. Charleston Police say when patrol officers got on scene, they found a man, Jay Jerome Henry Jr., 30, of Charleston, outside the home on a sidewalk with several gunshot wounds, including in his right elbow, right shoulder, right side and right side of his head.

Henry told officers, “Chris shot me.”

Officers then found a second victim, Amanda Dawn Burdette, 35, of Charleston, on a makeshift bed inside an enclosed porch at the back of the residence. Police say a bullet entered her side, hitting her lungs, killing her.

Police say they believe both victims were sitting in the enclosed porch when the suspect, Christopher Neil Smith, 38, of Charleston, came up to them.

Officials believe the victims and Smith got into a fight over alleged stolen property. Smith is accused of cursing and accusing Henry and Burdette of stealing his wife’s Jordan shoes. Smith then pulled out a firearm and shot both victims, investigators say, and took off on foot.

Henry admitted to officers that he often buys illegal narcotics from Smith.

Smith is facing first-degree murder in the shooting death of Amanda Burdette.

He has also been charged with malicious wounding in connection to the gunshot wounds that Henry suffered.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

UPDATE 7/26/21 @ 4:02 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The name of the suspect wanted in connection with a shooting that killed a woman and sent a man to the hospital has been released.

The shooting happened around 12:15 p.m. Monday at a home along the 800 block of Stockton Street in Charleston. Charleston Police say when patrol officers got on scene, they found a man, Jay Jerome Henry Jr., 30, of Charleston, outside the home on a sidewalk with several gunshot wounds.

“A gentleman ran in and told me to call 911 someone just got shot,” Angela Markley, who works at the Family Dollar across from where the shooting happened, said. “So I ran out of the store and followed him down to that house over there and saw a gentleman bleeding, he got up and sat down.”

Officers then found a second victim, Amanda Dawn Burdette, 35, of Charleston, inside an enclosed porch at the back of the residence. She was shot in the chest.

CPD says both victims were taken to the hospital. Burdette was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Henry is in critical condition.

“I was thinking like ‘oh gosh, what’s going on,’” Markley said. “Someone else just got shot, it’s getting closer and closer to where I work. Am I safe? Are my co-workers safe?”

Police say they believe both victims were sitting in the enclosed porch when the suspect, Christopher Neil Smith, 38, of Charleston, came up to them. The victims and suspect got into a fight over alleged stolen property. Smith then pulled out a firearm and shot both victims, investigators say, and took off on foot.

According to the Charleston Police Department, they have issued a warrant for Smith on first-degree murder and malicious wounding charges.

If anyone has any information regarding where he might be, you’re asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division, 304-348-6480, or Metro Communications at 304-348-8111.

UPDATE 7/26/21 @ 1:12 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Police are on scene of a homicide investigation after one person was killed, and another critically injured, in a shooting on Monday afternoon.

It happened in a home along the 800 block of Stockton Street in Charleston around 12:15 p.m. Charleston Police Department’s Chief of Detectives Lt. Tony Hazelett said when patrol officers got on scene, there was a man outside the home with several gunshot wounds.

“Upon further investigation, we found a female victim inside the residence (with) critical injuries, she was transported and she is now deceased,” Lt. Hazelett told WSAZ. “So right now, we’re working an active homicide investigation.”

Hazelett said the man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and is in critical condition.

Right now, police are still searching for a shooter who they believe, may be accompanied by another person.

“We still don’t have anyone in custody, right now we’re looking at possibly two (suspects),” Hazelett said, “Possibly one shooter, possibly I guess an associate with the shooter is what we’re looking at.”

Police said the alleged shooter ran from the scene on foot, they’re still searching for that person(s) on the West Side.

WSAZ asked if the public is in any danger, police said they believe this is an isolated incident.

“I feel like they know each other, it’s an isolated incident,” Hazelett said. “It’s still early, it is a homicide investigation and we’re looking for the suspect here on the West Side.”

Police could not speculate on whether or not the shooter was from Charleston.

Police believe the two victims may have lived together in the home the incident happened in.

Right now, no word on relation of either the victims or suspect(s).

Keep checking the WSAZ App for the latest information.

ORIGINAL STORY 7/26/21 @ 12:38 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Charleston Police are investigating a shooting.

It happened just before 12:30 p.m. Monday in the 800 block of Stockton Street.

Investigators say two people have been shot. They were taken to the hospital. There is no word on their condition.

No other information has been released.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

Keep checking the WSAZ App for the latest details.

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