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Weekend shooting suspect faces felony charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston man allegedly involved in a payback shooting over the weekend faces three felony charges.

Robert Jared Smith, 34, of Mathews Avenue on the city's West Side, was arrested Monday and charged with malicious wounding, wanton endangerment with a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a criminal complaint on file in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

Police say Smith shot Andre Williamson, 25, of Lawndale Lane, in the leg outside The Seoul of Charleston restaurant on West Washington Street on Saturday, triggering a hail of gunfire from at least three weapons. About 60 rounds were fired in all.

Police believe the shooting was in retaliation for the October 2012 shooting death of David Juaboi Booker, who was gunned down on Milton Street. Booker, Williamson and Richard Bernard Hilliard were all sitting together in a car at the time of the shooting.

Hilliard pleaded guilty in March to voluntary manslaughter for the killing.

Williamson was released from CAMC General Hospital on Monday. He allegedly told police it was Smith who shot him outside the restaurant.

But Williamson, who police say is known on the street as "A3," faces criminal charges of his own.

Williamson was arrested after his release from the hospital and charged with first-degree robbery for allegedly pulling a gun and robbing a man near the Charleston Department Store in February.

He was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the same incident, and was charged with being an accessory after the fact in the killing of Booker.

Smith and Williamson both remained in the South Central Regional Jail on Wednesday. Bail was set at $50,000 cash for each man.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.

 


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