CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two residents of Charleston's West Side received quite a shock Thursday when a stranger who had just been shot in the face and the back burst through their front door and collapsed on the living room floor.
"He busted through the door and hollered, 'I'm shot!'" said Wilbur Welker, who is living with his sister-in-law, Sylvia Mae Davis, at her Clay Avenue home.
The victim, identified by police as Ollie Nicholson, 22, of Detroit, Mich., was shot in the 1600 block of Red Oak Street around 12:30 p.m. He ran to Davis' home seeking help.
A suspect has been identified and was being sought Thursday.
Welker, who is originally from Tennessee, has been helping care for Davis. He said he had just finished smoking a cigarette on the front porch and went back inside when he heard the gunshot. A few moments later, Nicholson was in his living room.
He said Nicholson shut and locked the door behind him and gave his first name before he collapsed. Welker saw a large bloodstain on the back of the man's white T-shirt.
"I've heard shots before, but nothing like this," Welker said.
He said the incident made him more concerned for his safety and his sister-in-law was pretty shaken up. She was still mourning the death of her husband, Welker's brother, who died a few months ago.
"She won't come out (of the house)," Welker said. "She's scared to death."
Welker, who owns a pistol, said Nicholson was lucky he wasn't shot a third time after barging through the door.
"Now when I come out to smoke, I'm going to bring my pistol with me," he said.
Nicholson was shot once in the back and once in the face, but the facial wound was "fairly superficial," said Lt. Steve Cooper, Charleston's chief of detectives.
He was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital and is expected to survive.