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N.Y. man charged in one shooting, suspected in another

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A man suspected of shooting another man in a robbery attempt on Charleston's West Side on Thursday has been charged in a separate shooting over the weekend, police said.

Dana Stevenson, 21, of Buffalo, N.Y., is suspected of shooting a 26-year-old man in the thigh at 1:49 p.m. Thursday near Berkeley Street and Maryland Avenue, Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper said.

Stevenson tried to rob the man of his jewelry before firing multiple shots, hitting the victim once, Cooper said.

Charleston Police Detectives A.W. Foster and J.S. Duncan caught Stevenson running through the 500 block of Grant Avenue about 10 minutes after the shooting. Stevenson threw away a 9-milimeter handgun during the brief chase, Cooper said.

Detectives are waiting for the victim, whose name has not been released, to identify Stevenson as the man who shot him. The man was taken to CAMC General Hospital and is expected to recover from his injury.

Detectives expect to charge Stevenson in Thursday's shooting once he has been positively identified, Cooper said. Stevenson allegedly wore something to cover his face during the robbery attempt.

Cooper said a witness has also come forward and identified Stevenson as a suspect in a separate shooting on Saturday.

Stevenson allegedly fired a handgun at two people inside a car at about 1 p.m. at the Sav-A-Lot parking lot on Virginia Street West, he said. Witnesses told police that Stevenson got into a verbal argument with the people inside the car before saying, "I'm having a bad day," according to Cooper.

The people in the car drove off uninjured. Several bullets struck a church nearby, where three people were standing, Cooper said.

Stevenson has been charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection with Saturday's shooting. He is currently being held in the South Central Regional Jail.

Reach Travis Crum at travis.crum@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.


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