One arrested in West Side shooting
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The shooting that claimed the life of a Charleston man and wounded his girlfriend stemmed from an attempted illegal gun sale that turned into a robbery, police said.
The investigation into the Piccadilly Street shooting is ongoing, but it appears the motive was robbery, said Lt. Steve Cooper, Charleston's chief of detectives.
Daniel Little, 29, and Jarod Washington, 29, both of Charleston, were named as suspects hours after the Monday afternoon shooting.
Charleston detectives and State Police arrested Little on Monday night at a Red Roof Inn in Teays Valley. Washington remains at large, and Cooper said he could still be in the area.
Natalie Sprouse, 20, told detectives she was at her Piccadilly Street home on the West Side of Charleston with her boyfriend, Roy Chambliss, 40, and friend John Endicott at 1 p.m. Monday when Little and Washington arrived, according to a criminal complaint.
Sprouse told detectives she had met both men but knew Little only by the name "Ping Pong." She said they came to her home Sunday night and offered to sell two guns but she and Chambliss said they didn't have any money and sent them away.
They came back the next day.
Sprouse and Chambliss again told the men they didn't have money and weren't interested in buying guns.
She said Washington went into the bathroom but came out moments later with a gun pointed at her.
Little, who also was armed, ordered Sprouse, Chambliss and Endicott into a bedroom. Sprouse said she then was ordered to open a safe in the bedroom.
While she was trying to open the safe, a fight broke out between Chambliss and the suspects, she said.
"Natalie Sprouse watched as Daniel Little shot Roy Chambliss, and as that happened, Jarod Washington shot her and shot at Roy Chambliss," Detective J.A. Hunt wrote in the complaint based on his interview with Sprouse.
Sprouse suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and remained at Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital Tuesday, Cooper said.
Chambliss was killed by gunshot wounds to the chest, according to the complaint.
Cooper said money and possibly drugs were taken from the West Side home.
"Unfortunately in the drug game it is dangerous," Cooper said. "There's a lot of cash involved and a lot of danger. It's unfortunate."
Detectives spoke with Endicott Monday evening about the incident. He told police the man he knew as "Ping Pong" was missing fingers on his right hand.
Tiffany Hairston, Little's on-and-off girlfriend, told police Little is missing fingers on his right hand. She said she picked up Little on Sunday afternoon as he was walking. He had been visiting with Washington, a friend, she said.
Bethany Watts, also described in the complaint as Little's girlfriend, told police Little often is with Washington. She described Washington as a short black male who often wears "flashy" dark-rimmed Versace glasses with dark tinted lenses.
Cooper would not comment on how police tracked Little to the motel. He also would not say if any weapons were found.
A warrant issued Monday charges Little with first-degree murder and armed robbery.
Both men have had run-ins with police in the past. Little has been arrested multiple times for drug possession, according to records on file in Kanawha Magistrate Court. Further information on those arrests was not immediately available.
The state Division of Corrections website lists Washington as a parolee, based on a 2008 drug conviction in Kanawha County.
Washington was arrested along with Danjuma Marshall after a botched robbery led to the shooting death of Leslie Fitch, a 49-year-old man who was found shot in the back on Central Avenue on July 10, 1999, according to Daily Mail archives.
Both Washington and Marshall initially were charged with murder and robbery, but Washington pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated robbery in exchange for his testimony. Then Kanawha Circuit Judge Irene Berger sentenced him to six months to two years at the Anthony Center for Youthful Offenders.
Washington testified against Marshall, who stood trial for the crime, and told jurors he was Marshall's lookout man during the Fitch robbery. He said Marshall came up with the plan to rob Fitch for drugs and money.
Marshall testified Washington came up with the idea. The jury found Marshall not guilty after a short deliberation.
Cooper cautioned the public about Washington.
"He's obviously a dangerous individual and he may still be armed," Cooper said.
Anyone with information can contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at email@example.com or 304-348-4850.