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Shooting suspect appears in court

A man accused of firing shots near a West Side elementary school made his initial appearance before a federal magistrate Monday.

A criminal complaint filed last Wednesday charged Aric Adams, 20, of Buffalo, N.Y., with possessing a firearm in a school zone.

Adams fired shots from the passenger’s side of a vehicle on Hazelwood Avenue, about 900 feet away from J.E. Robins Elementary School, as children were walking home from school, according to the complaint.

Multiple homes were struck with bullets.

Police chased the car to Second Avenue near Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary, where Adams and the driver, Justin Davis, 22, of Charleston, got out and ran, according to the complaint.

Both schools were placed on lockdown as police searched for the pair.

Both were charged with felony wanton endangerment and held at South Central Regional Jail on $25,000 bond.

The complaint also alleges Adams called his father from South Central Regional Jail and admitted the shooting was in retaliation to another shooting. He allegedly told his father he was scared and trying to protect “Miss Yvette,” whom he said was the target of a shooting the day before.

Police believe this shooting was related to two other West Side shootings. Police thought the shooting near the elementary school was in retaliation to a previous shooting at Littlepage Terrace, where Andre Lee, 29, of Charleston and Micah “Bama” Crawford, 34, of Huntington, were wounded.

Police also believed these two shootings were related to another shooting last Sunday, where DJ Carter and Donte Davis were taken to the hospital. Carter later was arrested and charged with malicious wounding and wanton endangerment.

Police previously said Carter is the cousin of Levi Cousin, who was a person of interest in the Littlepage shooting. Police also said Donte Davis was the brother of Justin Davis, who was arrested in connection with the shooting near J.E. Robins.

Tinsley set Adams’ preliminary hearing for April 15 at 2:30 p.m. Adams was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s office.

Contact writer Andrea Lannom at or 304-348-5148. Follow her at

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