WCHS Eyewitness News Home Charleston Eyewitness Newsroom Charleston Storm Team Weather Sports News TV Program Schedule Community Mobile: Smartphone,Tablet and SMS text Get Connected SMS Text Facebook Twitter See-It,Shoot-It RSS News Feed Email List Tumblr

Police Release Names Of Men Accused Of Shooting Charleston Nightclub Bouncer

Reported: Apr. 26, 2014 9:54 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 26, 2014 7:24 PM EDT

News Image

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katy Brown) -- Charleston police have been busy piecing together exactly what happened at the Charleston Cellar early Saturday morning.

As a result, one man was arrested and yet another on the run. And sadly, a third man was sent to the hospital, where he's fighting for his life

"Be a man. Fight with your hands if you're going to fight. Don't use a gun," pled Donna Beasley, wife of the victim.

Richard "Jimmy" Beasley has been a bouncer in the Charleston area for years. It was early Saturday morning that police said two men gunned him down.

"I had just talked to him at 1 o'clock," said Beasley. "I told him I was going to sleep. I'll see you when you get home."

Lt. Steve Cooper with Charleston Police said Beasley was walking two ladies to their car near closing time. That's when the attack happened.

Police said George Sawyer and Tasheem Collins were kicked out of the Charleston Cellar and that the duo tracked down Beasley, who works at the Charleston bar.

Police said the two men then shot Beasley 12 times, hitting him in the head, arm and the legs. The motive of the shooting is unknown at this time.

According to police, both suspects took off across Kanawha Boulevard. Sawyer headed into the river to get away from police.

"He was about 15 yards into the river," Chief Brent Webster with Charleston Police said. "I think he realized he wasn't going to get anywhere so he came back out."

Police arrested and charged Sawyer with malicious wounding and assault.

Police said, along with shooting Beasley, a bullet grazed one of the women with him.

Sawyer also suffered a gunshot wound to the wrist. Police are unsure of how it happened, but he was treated before being sent to jail.

As for Beasley, a former Marine, his wife, family, and friends are all sure he will pull through.

"I just want to sit in there with him make sure he's OK,” she said. “And he's stubborn, so we're good."

The liquor license at the Cellar has been suspended for 10 days.

Police are still looking for the second suspect, Tasheem Collins.

If you have any information on where he might be, you're asked to call police.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Mamie Buoy, Katy Brown) - We have more information on a shooting that injured a nightclub bouncer in Charleston.

Police say George Sawyer and Tasheem Collins got into an argument inside the Cellar and were kicked out. They say Sawyer and Collins came back to the area with a gun and shot former bouncer, Richard "Jimmy" Beasley, while he was walking two women to their car.

Beasley was hit 12 times in the head and upper body. He was taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

One of the women was grazed with a bullet but is expected to be okay.

Police say Sawyer jumped into the river, but officers were able to catch him. He also had a gunshot wound to the wrist. He was treated, released and then taken to South Central Regional Jail.

Police are still looking for Collins.

At this time, it is unclear what started the argument at the Cellar or why the men were targeting Beasley.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Mamie Buoy, Katy Brown) - A bouncer at a Charleston night club is in the hospital after a shooting on Kanawha Boulevard and Capitol Street early Saturday morning.

Mayor Danny Jones says two brothers were thrown out of a night club in the area. Detectives say they came back to the area of Capitol Street with a gun around 2:30 a.m. and shot the bouncer. The bouncer was taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

Mayor Jones says one of the suspects jumped into the Kanawha River but police were able to catch him. According to a criminal complaint, George Sawyer has been charged with malicious wounding. Police are still looking for the second suspect.

We have a crew working on this story. Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for more information.

    B R E A K I N G  N E W S
Dirty Girl Mud Run For Charleston Officially Canceled
Jul. 22, 2014 5:35 PM EDT
The Dirty Girl Mud Run for Charleston has been officially ...
Full News Story and Video

Fayette County Man Killed After Pinned Under Truck
Jul. 22, 2014 4:54 PM EDT
Fayette County deputies said they are investigating ...
Full News Story

The Greenbrier Releases Details For Fans Interested In Attending New Orleans' Saints Practices, Picnic
Jul. 22, 2014 4:40 PM EDT
The Greenbrier resort has released information for ...
Full News Story

News Medicare Workshop Offers Information, Expert Consultation
Jul. 22, 2014 4:22 PM EDT
News MU To Paint The Capital City Green
Jul. 22, 2014 4:07 PM EDT
News Multifest Announces Schedule For 2014
Jul. 22, 2014 3:21 PM EDT
News Pregnant Teen Strangled, Man Decapitated In Online Sex Case
Jul. 22, 2014 3:06 PM EDT
News Milton Police Seek Information On Telephone Cable Theft
Jul. 22, 2014 2:28 PM EDT
News Meningitis Diagnosis Prompted WV Clinic Probe
Jul. 22, 2014 2:10 PM EDT
News Mountaineers To Face Tennessee In Football In 2018
Jul. 22, 2014 1:55 PM EDT
News Surveillance Photos Released In South Charleston Robbery
Jul. 22, 2014 12:53 PM EDT
News WVU Baseball Player Signs With Pro Team
Jul. 22, 2014 12:37 PM EDT
News Charleston Police Release Name Of Victim Wounded In East End Shooting
Jul. 22, 2014 12:58 PM EDT
News Well-Being Of WV Children Improves; State Ranks 37th
Jul. 22, 2014 11:32 AM EDT
News Independent Ed Rabel To Seek Congressional Seat
Jul. 22, 2014 11:17 AM EDT
News Wayne County Schools Names Superintendent
Jul. 22, 2014 1:22 PM EDT
News Annual River Float Expected To Make Big Splash Saturday
Jul. 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT
News Trailer Owner Finds Abandoned Meth Lab Near Backyard
Jul. 22, 2014 10:25 AM EDT
News WV Inmate Who Escaped In May Captured In VA
Jul. 22, 2014 9:16 AM EDT
News Former Mercer County Teacher Pleads Guilty To Sex Charges
Jul. 22, 2014 9:22 AM EDT
News Troopers Say Man Arrested In Child Neglect Case
Jul. 22, 2014 10:22 AM EDT
News Freedom Industries In Bankruptcy Court Tuesday
Jul. 22, 2014 7:54 AM EDT
News Baby Dies From Malnutrition After Police Say Parents Used WIC Money To Buy Drugs
Jul. 21, 2014 11:53 PM EDT
News Women Express Outrage Over Dirty Girl Mud Run Flap
Jul. 22, 2014 7:44 AM EDT
News Shoppers Travel Across Counties To Shop At Newly Expanded Kroger
Jul. 22, 2014 12:56 PM EDT
News Livestock Competition Big Part Of Cabell County Fair
Jul. 22, 2014 11:06 AM EDT
News Local Sporting Goods Store Thriving
Jul. 22, 2014 1:18 PM EDT
News WV Family Fights For 13-Month-Old Daughter To Be An Organ Donor After Tragic Death
Jul. 22, 2014 11:22 AM EDT
News Uncertainty Swirls Around Saturday's Scheduled Event
Jul. 22, 2014 7:46 AM EDT
News High-Profile Murder Case May Have Federal Implications
Jul. 21, 2014 5:21 PM EDT
News Two Boone County Volunteer Firefighters Face Charges
Jul. 21, 2014 5:02 PM EDT
News Lincoln Man Accused Of Leaving Children Home Unattended
Jul. 21, 2014 4:24 PM EDT
News A.D. Lewis Center Offers Free Swimming, Basketball Camps
Jul. 21, 2014 3:50 PM EDT

Advertise on WCHS-TV Online

West Virginia News
Tomblin announces W.Va. parks, recreation chief

A veteran of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has been tapped as chief of the Parks and Recreation section.
Full Story

Kentucky News
Beshear: Health rulings won't affect Kentucky

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says rulings Tuesday on President Barack Obama's health care law won't affect enrollees in Kentucky's state-run health exchange.
Full Story

Ohio News
Young man's body found at northeast Ohio landfill

Investigators from a northeast Ohio coroner's office and sheriff's department say a man's body was discovered at a landfill in Lorain County.
Full Story

Fugitive Files Tuesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

West Virginia Wildlife Wednesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

ABC News web site

Send Mail Send email to news@wchstv.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2014, WCHS-TV8. Portions are Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

WCHS ABC 8 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Charleston and nearby towns and communities in the Tri-State area, including Huntington, Dunbar, Marmet, Montgomery, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow, Pratt, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Pinch, Sissonville, Big Chimney, Cabin Creek, Chelyan, Davis Creek, Institute, Jefferson, Loudendale, Mink Shoals, Pocatalico, Quick, Quincy, Rand, Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, Nitro, Poca, Winfield, Culloden, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Danville, Madison, Hamlin, Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Delbarton, Kermit, Gilbert, Matewan, Williamson, Summersville, Richwood, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton, Spencer, Ravenswood, Ripley, Mason, Point Pleasant, Ashland, Pikeville, Ironton, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, and Athens.