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Man charged in St. Albans shooting

By Staff reports
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- St. Albans police have arrested a man in connection with an early-morning shooting at an apartment complex.Terrance Dion Blanks, 22, has been arrested and charged with one count of malicious wounding for shooting Jerome Lee James III, 24, with a .380 pistol, St. Albans Police Chief Mike Matthews said.At about 4 a.m. Tuesday, police received a call that James was shot multiple times in the chest at 510 Kanawha Court. He was taken to a hospital and remains in the intensive care unit, Matthews said.The two men were reportedly arguing over a stolen handgun, Matthews said. Dunbar police found Blanks near Terrance Avenue later Tuesday morning. A .380 pistol had been thrown from his vehicle, Matthews said.
Dunbar Police Chief Earl Whittington said Dunbar police discovered Blanks acting suspiciously during a traffic stop in Dunbar about 5:55 a.m. and turned him over to St. Albans police.Kanawha County sheriff's deputies interrogated him in connection to other crimes, Matthews said.St. Albans Mayor Dick Callaway said earlier Tuesday that the shooter might be the same person who stole a car in the Charleston area earlier in the morning. He said the stolen car was found at the crime scene. Matthews said investigators have not conclusively linked Blanks to the stolen vehicle.Blanks was being held Tuesday in South Central Regional Jail in lieu of $150,000 cash-only bail.
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