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Suspect in West Side double shooting arrested in Columbus, Ohio

By Staff reports
Courtesy photo
Shooting suspect Antonio Collins

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Law enforcement authorities in Columbus, Ohio, arrested a man Saturday night who Charleston Police say shot two men in the face at a West Side convenience store early Saturday morning.

Police say Antonio "Shake" Collins, 32, of Charleston, shot Joshua Lawson, 23, and Patrick Moore Jr., 23, around 3:15 a.m. Saturday at the 7-Eleven at 841 Washington St. West.

He is being charged with two counts of attempted murder, according to a news release from the Charleston Police Department.

Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives for the Charleston Police Department, said Sunday that members of the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) arrested Collins in Columbus Saturday night.

The U.S. Marshals Service assisted in the investigation, and information had been passed on to SOFAST that Collins could be in Ohio, Cooper said.

Collins could be extradited back to West Virginia sometime in the next five to 10 days, Cooper said.  

Surveillance video of the incident shows Collins, also known as "Shake," bump into Lawson, who then exchanged words with Collins, according to Cooper.

"The man he bumped into said something to Mr. Collins," Cooper said Saturday. "After a brief argument, Collins pulled a handgun, pressed it to the victim's face and shot him."

After he shot Lawson, Collins then chased Moore, a friend of Lawson, to the back of the store and shot him in the face too, Cooper said.

Moore had first tried to intervene, Cooper said, but at the time he was shot had been trying to get away from Collins.

"Collins then put the gun in his pants and calmly exited the store," he said Saturday.

Cooper said he doesn't know of a motive for the shooting except for "a lack of respect for human life."  

He said Collins is a convicted felon who is "well known to law enforcement" and could face additional charges.

On Sunday afternoon, Cooper said Lawson had been flown to a Morgantown hospital. A spokeswoman for West Virginia University's Health Sciences Center said Lawson was in fair condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital Sunday evening.   

Moore was in the intensive care unit at CAMC General Sunday afternoon, and was listed as "under evaluation," a hospital employee said. According to the U.S. Marshals Service website, SOFAST is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement organization created to arrest the most violent felons in the Southern District of Ohio. Strike teams are headquartered in Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati and are made up of local, state and federal law enforcement officers.


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