Teenager injured in daylight shooting downtown
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.
A Facebook page for "Shaquille YoungSavage Burton" had a status update from about an hour after the shooting.
"its a jungle out here its all about gettin your stripes either get respect out of people or put fear in them give them one of the two reasons on why they shouldnt f- - - with you," the post read. Two people "liked" it.
The incident didn't occur on mall property but Lisa McCracken, marketing director for Charleston Town Center, said the mall would cooperate fully with police in the investigation. She had no further comment.
Eggleton said police already looked at video surveillance from Panera Bread. He said no one was around when the shooting occurred and no other injuries were reported.
Officers blocked off Clendenin Street for nearly an hour while they looked for evidence at the scene and spoke to potential witnesses. There were additional officers at St. Francis Hospital watching over the vehicle until the tow truck arrived.
Summers initially tried to leave but was detained by police, officers at the hospital said.
Cooper said Bonner was not cooperating with detectives. The female passenger was only slightly more cooperative, he said.
"We're searching for anyone with information about the thugs who committed this crime," Cooper said.
Anyone with information can contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480 or dial 911.
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