CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Charleston teen was shot and his car was riddled with bullets as he dropped off two women at the Town Center mall Monday.
Terrance Bonner, 18, of Charleston, was stopped in the crosswalk between the mall and Charleston Civic Center on Clendenin Street when the shots rang out just after 2 p.m., authorities said.
He had three women in the car and had stopped to drop off two of them. That's when the suspects -- two black males and three white males -- approached the red Ford Focus on foot and began firing, said Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives.
"Fortunately, this was a very rare occurrence," Cooper said. "Fortunately, no innocent bystanders were hurt."
Detectives believe five or six shots were fired but weren't sure how many guns were used. No shell casings were recovered.
Bonner was struck once in the left forearm, said Sgt. Bobby Eggleton, who commands the department's Special Enforcement Unit. He and the woman remaining in the vehicle, later identified as Nakia Summers, drove to nearby St. Francis Hospital. Bonner was released shortly after.
The vehicle was hit five times, three times in the driver's side doors, once in the door frame and again at the bottom of the driver's window, shattering the glass. The car was towed as evidence.
One suspect has been identified. The five men were seen running from the scene afterward.
Detectives identified one of the suspects as Shaquille Dominique Burton, 19, of Charleston. He was on the loose Monday. Police considered him armed and dangerous.