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Man who was shot Saturday charged in 2012 death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston man who was shot early Saturday is now facing accessory charges in an October 2012 East End shooting.

Charleston police said Andre Williamson, 25, and Cierra Leftwich, 22, were shot in the legs outside The Seoul of Charleston restaurant, near the intersection of Washington Street West and Stockton Street, between 3:30 and 4 a.m.

Police have arrested Williamson -- also known as A3 -- and charged him with accessory in the death of David Juaboi Booker, who was found dead from multiple bullet wounds in the 1200 block of Milton Street in October 2012.

Richard Bernard Hilliard pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of voluntary manslaughter in Booker's death. Hilliard told a judge that Booker had tried to rob him and Williamson as the three were sitting in a car on Charleston's East End one night.

Williamson also is charged with two robberies.

Dozens of rounds of ammunition from at least three calibers of handguns were fired at Williamson and Leftwich, Lt. Steve Cooper of the Charleston Police Department said.

Cooper said he suspects that Williamson was targeted. It was unclear Saturday evening if Williamson fired back during the shooting.

Leftwich has not been charged with a crime.

Both were listed in stable condition Saturday at CAMC General Hospital and were expected to be released later in the evening, Cooper said. Williamson will be released into police custody.

Cooper said there was property damage in the area of the shooting but "not as much as you would expect with that many rounds being fired."

"Fortunately," he said, "no one was critically injured or killed by this reckless act by these thugs."

Reach Lori Kersey at lori.kersey@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.


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