CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston police believe a shooting early Friday in downtown Charleston might have been in retaliation for a May shooting incident on the city's West Side.
Sgt. Tony Hazelett of the Charleston Police Department said James Foster, 19, was shot once in the right arm and once in the right leg in the 1000 block of Quarrier Street at about 1:30 a.m. Foster had been at a private party at Timothy's Bar earlier, but Hazelett said the shooting occurred outside about 100 yards away from the building.
Hazelett said police found seven spent shell cases from a semiautomatic handgun. At least two stray shots hit the Charleston city services offices in the municipal parking building on Quarrier and McFarland streets.
After he was shot, Foster walked to Dickinson Street, then to Lee Street, where he passed out near the Clay Center, Hazelett said.
Police aren't sure what happened right before the shooting, and Foster isn't talking about it, Hazelett said. He said Foster has a criminal history.
"It wasn't just shots being fired," Hazelett said. "He was targeted."
Police reviewed video surveillance footage in an attempt to identify a suspect but were unable to find anything useful, according to police Detective James Hunt.
Charleston Police Department Chief Detective Lt. Steve Cooper said Foster was being "extremely uncooperative" with police, not only refusing to name the person who shot him, but also ordering his girlfriend not to name the shooter. He said Foster is "well known" to police and has a criminal record.