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'Misunderstanding,' alcohol caused downtown shooting

By Staff reports

A shooting early Wednesday morning outside a Charleston hotel started over a misunderstanding related to ordering a pizza, said Lt. Steve Cooper of the Charleston Police Department.

Michael Dale Underwood II, of Beckley, allegedly shot Charlie Scott  in the back outside of the Ramada Inn Downtown and Recovery Sports Grill at about 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Scott suffered "non life-threatening" injuries and was treated at a local hospital, Cooper said.

"We had a very heavy police presence [Tuesday night] and despite that you can't always [prevent] crime when someone under the influence of alcohol makes a catastrophic decision," Cooper said.

Underwood was caught on video surveillance physically fighting with Scott, then getting a handgun and shooting him, according to the criminal complaint. Scott had wounds to his left shoulder and left thigh, according to the complaint.

Underwood, 30, turned himself in to police on Wednesday afternoon. He was arraigned on a malicious wounding charge in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. His bail was set at $250,000 and he faces two to 10 years in prison if convicted.


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