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One shot on West Side, three arrested

By Rachel Molenda, Staff writer
KENNY KEMP | Gazette
Charleston police officers locate bullet casings on Glenwood Avenue after a shooting Wednesday on Charleston’s West Side. One man was shot in the arm while walking to his car.
KENNY KEMP | Gazette Lt. Steve Cooper of the Charleston Police Department talks to a reporter about Wednesday’s shooting on the capital’s West Side.

Police arrested two Detroit men they say shot a bystander Wednesday on Charleston’s West Side.

Craig Tolley, of Charleston, was shot in the arm while walking to his car at 103 Glenwood Ave., according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

Paramedics took Tolley to CAMC General Hospital, where his wound was not thought to be life-threatening.

Shots were exchanged between two groups of people at the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Lovell Drive shortly before noon, Charleston police Lt. Steve Cooper said.

One group was on foot, Cooper said, while the second group was in a vehicle that later fled the scene. Police are looking for suspects thought to be driving a charcoal-gray sedan, the make and model of which is unknown, Cooper said.

“We do have several people detained that were the party on foot that were exchanging the gunfire,” he said.

Kenneth Raymond Gooden, 22, and Carlos Lamont Gray, 23, both of Detroit, were arrested and charged with wanton endangerment. Police arrested a third man, who refused to give his name. That man is being charged with obstruction as “John Doe,” Cooper said.

Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary was put on precautionary lockdown for a time because of the shooting.

Police executed a search warrant at a home on Lovell Drive and allegedly uncovered an AK-47 assault rifle and several other guns. Several spent shell casings also were recovered, Cooper said.

Cooper said he has no reason to think Wednesday’s shooting is connected to three shootings on the West Side in March.

It’s unclear why the two groups of people began shooting at each other, Cooper said.

Gooden and Gray were being held Wednesday night in the South Central Regional Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail each.

Reach Rachel Molenda at rachel.molenda@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5102. Reporter Travis Crum contributed to this report.


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