UPDATE: Man sentenced for shooting DP Dough owner

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 4/10/18 @ 2:56 p.m.
A man has been sentenced to prison for shooting a restaurant owner in Huntington.

Antonio Newson, 42, of Detroit, pleaded guilty Monday to malicious wounding and wanton endangerment. He was sentenced to 3 to 15 years in prison.

Newson shot the owner of DP Dough on 4th Avenue on March 30, 2017.

Court officials say Newson was indicted in December. Police say he had been in federal custody on a drug charge out of Huntington.

UPDATE 4/3/18 @ 11:23 a.m.
The man accused of shooting a local restaurant owner in Huntington pleaded not guilty.

Antonio Newson, 42, of Detroit, was in court Tuesday.

Huntington Police say the owner of DP Dough on 4th Avenue was shot at the restaurant on March 30, 2017.

Court officials say Newson was indicted in December. Police say he has been in federal custody on a drug charge out of Huntington.

Newson was charged with malicious wounding and wanton endangerment in connection with the DP Dough shooting.

Although he pleaded not guilty Tuesday, a plea hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Police pulled him over for a traffic stop. They also executed a search warrant for his home and found almost $200,000 worth of heroin on his property.

The Huntington Police Department is also investigating Newson’s involvement in a shooting that occurred at Gary’s Place in the 2000 block of 10th Avenue on Dec. 2, 2016.

Three people were shot during that incident.

UPDATE 7/11/17 @ 2:15 p.m.
Huntington Police say a man wanted in connection with the shooting of a local restaurant owner has been arrested after a traffic stop and almost $200,000 worth of heroin was found on his property.

Antonio Newson, 42, of Detroit, is charged with malicious wounding and wanton endangerment.

According to a release, the charges come after the owner of DP Dough on 4th Avenue was shot at the restaurant on March 30.

Newson was stopped Monday in the 300 block of 8th Avenue for a traffic stop.

A search warrant was obtained for Newson's house in the 1700 block of Jefferson Avenue.

A kilogram of heroin with a street value of $193,000 was found at the home.

The Huntington Police Department is also investigating Newson’s involvement in a shooting that occurred at Gary’s Place in the 2000 block of 10th Avenue on Dec. 2, 2016.

Three people were shot during that incident.

Newson has been placed in Western Regional Jail where he is being held on a $405,000 cash-only bond.



UPDATE 4/18/17 @ 6 p.m.
A customer at a Huntington restaurant who threatened the life of the owner almost kept his promise.

The victim, TJ Johnson, shared his story Tuesday for the first time since the shooting at DP Dough on March 30.

After three tours in Iraq, it was an experience here at home that almost killed him.

"The last thing he said to me on his way out is that I was dead tonight," Johnson said.

Thankfully, those words proved to not be prophetic for TJ. When he heard it, he didn’t believe it.

"I hear it all the time, so no."

But three bullet holes in the manager's office show it wasn't an empty threat.

It all started in the early morning hours of March 30.

TJ said a heavily intoxicated customer became irate when he ordered a salad and found out he couldn't also get pita bread, an item not even on the menu.

The man was kicked out twice. TJ came in after the first time.

A few minutes later, when the customer came back and started vandalizing the store, throwing items like napkin dispensers and the tip jar around, there was a small altercation. Police were called a second time.

That’s when the threat was made.

TJ said the third time, he came through the back door firing shots.

"I put myself between the door and the manager and he started firing through my (office) door. He fired four rounds through my door and him me three times."

But he shrugs off any attempt to be called a hero.

"I don't know about that."

But the manager was uninjured, along with four other employees up front.

“It was really lucky for us that I was in the back. He didn’t have to go up front and shoot anybody else to get the person he wanted,” said TJ. “I was that person.”

He thinks the gunman fired five to six shots total.

"I thought I'd be OK from this,” he said. “The third (wound), I started thinking this guy might just kill me."

Thanks to surveillance cameras, he saw the shooter run off. That’s when he sat down in a chair and called his sleeping wife, home with their 8-year-old daughter.

"I told her, 'be calm' but I'd been shot,” he said. “I told her if anything happened, I loved her. That was it. I thought about them the whole time."

But thankfully that wasn't a last goodbye.

"It's just a miracle, it really is," said TJ’s wife Jaclyn Johnson.

Even with damage to internal organs and the removal of his spleen, TJ is surprising doctors with how well he's doing.

"It's just scary to think that you're trying to run your store and you have to worry about being safe," said Jaclyn, who ran the store herself before TJ came along.

TJ just got out of the military about two years ago. He had been a tank commander for much of his deployment. But it was in Huntington where he was shot for the first time.

"I did 18 years in the Army, multiple tours in Iraq and then I come home and get shot,” he said. “It just doesn't seem real sometimes. It's not the place you're supposed to get shot."

He said he’s not worried that the gunman will come back.

“That's just not how I live my life and I'm not going to."

No arrests have been made.



UPDATE 3/30/17 @ 4:30 p.m.
A restaurant owner is in the hospital after police say he was shot by a customer inside a business which sits less than a block from Marshall University's campus.

This is an update to a story we first told you about this morning.

Police now tell WSAZ the shooter was kicked out of D.P. Dough three times for being disruptive. The last time, he threatened to come back with a gun.

Apparently, that's exactly what he did the fourth time. Investigators said he came through a back door that was propped open and opened fire with multiple gunshots.

While some nearby business owners said they feel safe, some students say they stay clear of the area after dark.

Business continued at D.P. Dough on 4th Avenue Thursday afternoon. But not as normal.

"I was shocked,” said Jeffrey Bills, a barber who works a couple doors down at Frank’s Campus Barber & Styling Shop. “It was awful. TJ is a really nice guy."

Bills has been in contact with his friend, who says he's stable but in a lot of pain.

But considering the area and time, 2:15 a.m., he's not surprised.

"Being open so late down there and a lot of drunks and people on drugs all over the place,” said Bills. “Just upset that it happened to him."

"It was kind of shocking to me," said Kristen Skeens, a manager at the Husson’s Pizza next to the barber shop.

She feels safe so close to campus, but one time she had to call the police because of an irate customer.

"You don't know what their next move is going to be and you don't know what everyone's mental state is,” she said. “Yeah, it's scary."

It's scary for some Marshall students like Josh Campbell who said he stays away from the area late at night.

"I don't go anywhere near this place,” Campbell said. "Because there's been multiple shootings going around here, so I stay closer [to downtown].”

He was surprised to hear about the shooting, though.

"It blew my mind. I've only been here just a few times to eat and I never would have thought that would have happened, especially this close to campus."

Back at the barber shop, Bills feels safe, especially during the daylight hours he works.

While all customers are walk-ins, most are regulars. He said he’s never had a problem with anyone in almost 40 years.

But, he's also got a concealed carry permit.

"We have means of protection, too,” he said with a chuckle.

Police have refused to release many details including the victim's name, how many shots were fired, how many people were in the restaurant at time of the shooting and any descriptive information about the shooter.

Employees at D.P. Dough declined to make a comment Thursday.



UPDATE 3/30/17 @ 9:30 a.m.
Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli says the victim of an overnight shooting is expected to survive.

The shooting happened early Thursday morning in the 1500 block of 4th Avenue.

Police say the victim of the shooting had surgery and is expected to survive.

The name of the person shot has not been released.

HPD are continuing to investigate the shooting to find the suspect.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/30/17
Huntington Police are on the scene of a reported shooting in the downtown area.

Cabell County 911 received a report of a shooting about 2:15 Thursday morning in the 1500 block of 4th Ave.

The report was that the shooting occurred in the alley behind D.P. Dough.

We have a crew headed to the scene. Keep clicking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



 
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