EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSJones Says Quarrier Shooting Had No Ties To MultiFest
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Reported by: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Michelle Carroll
Also Contributing: Katelyn Sykes, Michelle Carroll
Reported: Aug. 2, 2013 2:34 AM EDT
Updated: Aug. 4, 2013 11:46 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said a shooting early Friday outside an unofficial pre-MultiFest party had no connection to the festival.
Jones held a press conference today to try to clear things up.
James Foster, 19, was wounded on Quarrier Street, but was able to run to the Clay Center before he collapsed. Detectives and the mayor described him as being uncooperative.
Foster told police he was drinking underage at a party in the rented-out Quarrier Diner basement.
Jones said the owners used poor judgment when they rented out the bar to Landon Johnson, who claimed to have city cops for security, but did not. Anna Pollitt, who rented out the bar to Johnson, called Jones' comments unfair.
Johnson admitted he made an error in making it appear he was linked to MultiFest and had police security, but he disputed Foster was drinking at his party, unless he had a fake ID. He said there were no reports of trouble inside the bar.
Charleston police have identified the teenager shot Friday.
James Foster, 19, was shot in the arm and leg on Quarrier Street about 1:15 a.m., police said He was able to run to the Clay Center, where someone called 911 and he was taken to the hospital. He was in satisfactory condition at Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Police said they currently don't have a suspect, and they are not getting any help from Foster because he is not cooperating with the investigation.
Police said a number of people witnessed the shooting and are cooperating. They are not sure what led to shooting, but they believe Foster was the target. Police said he has a criminal history.
No one else was injured. A car was hit by a stray bullet and so was a window at the City Service Center.
Video surveillance footage is being reviewed by police as they try to identify a suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call police.
Charleston police are investigating a shooting that happened early Friday morning. A firefighter told Eyewitness News that a 19-year-old man was taken to the hospital, but the man's injuries were not life-threatening.
The victim was possibly shot at the Quarrier Street parking lot and then walked several blocks to the Clay Center where 911 was called. Police are looking for the shooter.
Eyewitness News has a crew at the scene. Stay tuned for updates.
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