CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston police arrested a suspect in a weekend shooting on the city's West Side but still are searching for others in what is believed to be retaliation for shootings that occurred last year.
Robert Jared Smith, 34, of Mathews Avenue, was arraigned Monday evening on felony charges of malicious wounding, wanton endangerment and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Smith's arrest came Monday evening, just hours after Andre Williamson, one of the victims in the shooting, was released from Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital.
Williamson, who was shot in the leg while standing outside a restaurant on Washington Street West early Saturday morning, was released into police custody. He is being held at South Central Regional Jail on $50,000 cash bond on suspicions he was involved in the fatal October shooting of David Booker.
Williamson, also known as "A3" and "Andrew Miller," has a long criminal history and was arrested Monday on charges stemming from Booker's murder. Booker was found shot twice in the head on the city's East End.
Police were called to the 1600 block of Washington Street West at 3:40 a.m. Saturday to investigate after two people were shot in a hail of gunfire. More than 60 rounds were fired from at least three different weapons, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.
Williamson, 25, was struck once in the upper left thigh. Bystander Cierra Leftwich, 22, of Charleston, was standing nearby and also was wounded in the leg.
Williamson told detectives he was nearing the front door of Seoul of Charleston early Saturday when Smith, an acquaintance, approached him in front of the building. He said Smith got his attention before pulling a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband.
Smith then fired directly at Williamson, according to the complaint, striking him once in the leg. The shooting provoked more gunfire from others in the immediate vicinity, detectives said.
Detectives believe the shooting was in retaliation for the September shooting at Sky Lounge that injured William Wallace, 34, of South Charleston; and Shawn Williams, 23, and Darryl Denson, 44, both of Charleston.
Braheem Griffin, 19, of Charleston was arrested in that incident. He later pleaded guilty to three counts of malicious wounding, saying he got into a fight with others at the Capitol Street nightclub.
They also believe it could have been in retaliation for Booker's murder. Richard Hilliard, 24, pleaded guilty earlier this month to a manslaughter charge in that incident. Hilliard said he shot Booker because he put a gun to Williamson's head while they were in a car.
Williamson was charged with accessory after the fact in that incident after Hilliard revealed Williamson removed the shell casings from the car and gave him a rag and bleach to clean up the vehicle.
Smith's ties to both incidents are unclear.
Smith is on federal probation after being released from prison on a reduced sentence. He was sentenced to life in federal prison after being convicted in 2000 on crack cocaine charges. His sentence reduction came under a federal law passed in 2011 that reduced sentences for those convicted in crack cocaine related charges.
Smith is being held at South Central Regional Jail on $50,000 cash-only bond. A preliminary hearing will be held at 1:30 p.m. March 20.
Anyone with information can contact detectives at 304-348-6480.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.