(01/30/2018)
Charleston had eight violent incidents in less than 36 hours, leaving people with gunshot wounds, stab wounds and bystanders running for cover.

WCHS-TV GIVES REPORT OF WEST SIDE CHARLESTON WEEKEND VIOLENCE - It's been a busy weekend for officers in Charleston with multiple shootings and a stabbing on the city's West Side.

Since Friday night, there have been three shootings, three shots fired calls and two stabbings. No one suffered life-threatening injuries.

"It's a very busy weekend to have 8 major incidents like that especially this time of year," Charleston Police Chief Steve Cooper said.

At about 9:45 p.m. Friday, police said a man heard two gunshots in the 1400 block of Livingston Avenue and was grazed in the head by one of the bullets. The suspect fled the scene and no arrests have been made.

At about 1 a.m. Saturday, two cars were shot in the 500 block of Park Avenue.

Police said just after noon Saturday, Frank Gravely, 28, was shot in the leg during an altercation in a home at 617 Grant Street. Police said Gravely was shot by the homeowner, Shawn Hall, 51, who was arrested and charged with malicious wounding.

A few hours later, at about 4:30 p.m., police said at least 13 shots were fired near Maryland Avenue and Lee Street. No one was injured.

There were also shots fired on Lewis Avenue Saturday afternoon.

At about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, William Thomas was stabbed in the face, arm and side in the 1900 block of Fourth Avenue. Police are searching for David Woods, who is wanted for malicious wounding.

"The suspect was identified as David Woods, by several individuals at the scene, he has no known address," Cooper said.

At about 1:45 a.m., police said Billy Fields, 32, was shot in the face and shoulder near Walnut Street and Red Oak Street. Sunday afternoon, Charleston police arrested Richard David Dangott II, 24, who is charged with kidnapping, malicious wounding and first-degree robbery in connection to the shooting.

"An inch or two left or right could have been fatal, fortunately, none of these injuries appear to be life-threatening," Cooper said.

At this time, police said they don't believe any of the incidents are related, but they are still looking into the possibility. Police are also working to determine if any of the incidents are drug-related.

Charleston Police Chief Steve Cooper said most of the time when shootings happen, the people involved know each other.

"It's very rare someone is shot by a suspect that is a stranger to them unless it's a stray bullet that we may have had on Livingston Avenue with Mr. Turpin," Cooper said.

Charleston police will be adding extra patrols on the West Side and in the coming months, the department plans to hire 10 new officers.

Some residents of Charleston's West Side said this wave of violence is nothing new, but they wish it would stop.

"It makes me uneasy," West Side resident Heather White said. "I've lived on the east end and its just as bad as over here but there are some areas over there that are not as bad as over here as well."

KNIFE HOLD-UP - The South Charleston Police Department is searching for a man who is wanted for questioning in connection with a robbery at Target.

The man is accused of using a knife to threaten employees of the Trace Fork Target who were trying to stop him as he was stealing merchandise, according to the police department.

He escaped.

MAN SHOT, GRAZED - Charleston Police say a man was walking along Livingston Avenue on the city's West Side late Friday night when he was grazed by a bullet.

Police say the victim was walking when he says he heard two gunshots and was grazed in the head by one of those shots.

The victim tells police he did not get a good look at the suspects as they fled the scene and his injuries are minor.


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