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Teen accused of shooting near mall turns himself in

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Charleston teen accused of shooting another teen in front of the Town Center mall turned himself in to police.

Shaquille Dominique Burton, 19, is facing felony charges of malicious wounding and wanton endangerment stemming from Monday's incident that left another local teen with a gunshot wound to his arm.

"He turned himself in to Sgt. Keith Peoples at about 3:45p.m. today," Lt. Steve Cooper, Charleston's chief of detectives, said Thursday. "When he arrived at the station he didn't want to talk to detectives."

Burton was processed at the police department, and then walked to an unmarked cruiser.

He spoke briefly to reporters while officers walked him to the police cruiser. He said he and the victim, Terrance Bonner, 18, of Charleston, had a lot of history.

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.

When asked if the shooting was about respect, he replied "a little bit."

Bonner was stopped in the crosswalk on Clendenin Street between Charleston Civic Center and Charleston Town Center dropping off two women when a group approached the vehicle. Shots were fired at the car, striking it multiple times and hitting Bonner, who was driving, once in his left arm.

He and a woman left in the vehicle drove to St. Francis Hospital where he was treated and released about 40 minutes after arrival, Cooper said. Bonner did not cooperate with officers investigating the shooting.

Detectives named Burton as a suspect hours later and released his photograph to the media. Officers considered him armed and dangerous. Cooper said Burton was the lone shooter of the group and did not anticipate any more arrests.

"We're very glad to get such a dangerous criminal off the streets," Cooper said.

The lieutenant said detectives were familiar with Burton and that they had other open investigations that they believe he could also be involved in.

Burton would be arraigned Thursday evening as the courthouse was closed for West Virginia Day. He is being held at South Central Regional Jail. As of late Thursday evening, no bond had been set.

Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at or 304-348-4850.

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