Suspect accused of bumping man and then shooting him in the face returns to W.Va.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Charleston man charged with shooting two men inside a West Side convenience store and later fleeing to Ohio appeared before a Kanawha County magistrate Tuesday.
Charleston detectives went to Columbus Tuesday morning to pick up Antonio "Shake" Collins, 32, from jail. Collins was charged with two counts of attempted murder after the violent April 20 shooting incident at the 7-Eleven on Washington Street West.
He fled to Columbus immediately after but was in the city for only a few hours before members of the U.S. Marshal's Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team caught up with him, said Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives.
"We are very relieved to have Mr. Collins in custody and to be bringing him back to face charges for what he did," Cooper said. "What happened at 7-Eleven was very out of the ordinary and shocking to the conscience -- shocking to the conscience of the community.
"We consider him to be a very dangerous person."
Detectives have surveillance video from the night of the incident. The video shows the incident in graphic detail, Cooper said.
The victims, Josh Lawson and Patrick Moore Jr., were inside the store about 3:15 a.m. Cooper said Collins entered the store and accidentally bumped Lawson, who then made a comment about it. Collins then pulled a handgun from his pants and put it to Lawson's face.
Moore tried to intervene by stepping between the two, but Collins shot Lawson in the face at "point blank" range, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.
Moore fled down the candy aisle of the store, but Collins chased him down and shot him in the face as well, detectives said.
"He then picked up a bottle of water and strolled out of the store as if nothing had happened," Cooper said in previous interviews.
A friend of one of the victims was outside the store at the time of the shooting. She said she saw Collins walking away from the store and as he did so, he looked at her and smiled.
Collins told reporters outside the Charleston Police Department Tuesday that he wanted to apologize to the victims' families and his own.
Both victims are recovering, Cooper said.
Kanawha Magistrate Joe Shelton arraigned Collins on the attempted murder charges and set a $100,000 cash-only bond. A preliminary hearing will be 1:30 p.m. May 7.
Kanawha Prosecutor Mark Plants and assistant prosecutor Dan Holstein attended the arraignment.
"The public is definitely safer today," Plants said after the arraignment. "Charleston Police Department did an incredible job, not only with the investigation, but locating him, getting him back to West Virginia and getting him off the streets."
Collins has a violent criminal history. He was convicted in 2000 of malicious wounding after shooting his friend, Dexter Johnson, in the head, thinking Johnson had snitched on a convicted drug dealer. Johnson survived the November 1998 ordeal but suffered permanent brain damage.
Collins was arrested in November 2008 when a South Charleston police officer found him in possession of a firearm during a traffic stop. He had a Cobray model M-12 .380-caliber handgun tucked in his waistband.
He was charged, and later pleaded guilty, in federal court to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Collins was sentenced to four years in prison and three years of supervised release.
According to a court document seeking to modify the terms of his supervision, Collins was being housed in a halfway house in Columbus when he began showing "signs of his previously diagnosed mental illness."
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