MOUNTAIN STATE SHOOTIN' AND STABBIN' REPORT - "Nice" Man Shot, Mall Worker Dies On Food Court, Do-Gooder Dies, Homeless Man Beaten, Neighbor Killed

WEST SIDE CHARLESTON KILLED IN APARTMENT - A West Side Charleston man described by neighbors as "nice" was fatally shot yesterday afternoon in his basement apartment. He was Harry "Tom" Christian, 62. Police say Christian was shot by Robert Eric "Shorty" Haines, 25, of Charleston, who is considered armed and dangerous. Authorities want help from the public to locate the suspect.

CHARLESTON MALL EMPLOYEE GUNNED DOWN - Charleston Police say they are investigating the death of a Kanawha Mall employee who was shot at the shopping center's loading docks. James Workman, 28, of Cedar Grove was shot at about 8:20 last night. He stumbled back inside the mall and collapsed in the food court and died. Before dying he told police he'd been shot by a man driving a dark-colored sedan, possibly a Dodge Intrepid.

CHARLESTON MAN KILLS DO-GOODER - A Charleston man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in a 2003 bar shooting. Charles Lamont Gray, 28, entered his plea today in Kanawha County. Gray will serve 15 years in prison for the April 16th death of 44-year-old Jed Smith of Rand. Smith was being a "do-gooder" and tried to break up a fight at Sam's Uptown Cafe when he was killed.

HUNTINGTON HOMELESS MAN BEATEN TO DEATH - A Huntington man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the June 2002 beating death of a homeless man. Eighteen-year-old Michael Day beat the homeless man with sticks, boards and other items near a campsite along the Ohio River.

HUNTINGTON MAN MURDERS NEIGHBOR - Forty-nine-year-old John Lee Moore was arrested yesterday morning and charged with first-degree murder and obstruction in the death of 36-year-old Melvin Douglas Patterson. Patterson was found dead in the stairwell of an apartment building where both he and Moore lived.