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Police investigating Glenwood Avenue shooting

Police investigating West Side shooting


daily mail staff

Two men were arrested for a shooting on Charleston’s West Side that left a bystander injured Wednesday.

Kenneth Gooden, 22, of Lee Street East, and Carlos Gray, 22, of Kanawha Court in St. Albans, were both charged with wanton endangerment. Both are from Detroit and have only lived here a short time, said Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives.

Some residents in the 100 block of Glenwood Avenue reported as many as six shots just before noon. Other witnesses reported several people running from the area at about the same time, according to a criminal complaint.

Craig Tolley told detectives he was caught in the crossfire. He was walking to his car parked at 103 Glenwood Ave. when he was shot in the arm, city detectives said. He ran into 103 Glenwood for cover.

A construction worker told detectives he saw three men, two of which had handguns, running from the area. Another construction worker saw two men in a gray sedan driving on Glenwood and shooting at the men who were seen running. The men on foot started shooting back, the witness said.

Both witnesses said the men on foot then took cover in a home on Lovell Drive. The witnesses watched the house until police arrived.

A search of the house turned up Gray, Gooden, a 9 millimeter handgun, a Jennings .380-caliber handgun and an SKS rifle. Several rounds of .357-caliber bullets also were found, the complaint said.

Detectives recovered four .357-caliber shells near the intersection of Glenwood and Second avenues, and three 9 millimeter shells at the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Simms Street.

Detectives are searching for the men in the gray sedan. Neither Gooden nor Gray are cooperating with police. No motive has been established.

“We really don’t have a clue,” Cooper said as to what caused the shooting. “They said they don’t know each other but they traveled down to visit a mutual friend. That translates, generally speaking, to criminal activity.”

The shooting was a block away from the former Glenwood Elementary School, which has since been renovated into apartments.

A shooting in front of the school in April 2010 killed 14-year-old Damion Blaney.

The teen, a student at Stonewall Jackson Middle School, was standing nearby when Antonio Summers, then 16, pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired a shot at a person he had been arguing with near the school playground. Damion was shot instead.

Summers is now serving a 30-year prison sentence.

Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School was put on lockdown as a precaution. The school is about four blocks, or around three-tenths of a mile, from the scene.

Toni Withrow, school clerk, said police notify the school of nearby shootings that are usually within a four-block radius and issue a lockdown until they have cleared the area.

This is the second time in the past month the school has been put on lockdown. The last shooting took place March 25 on Red Oak Street, about seven blocks north. Police arrested two suspects across the street from the school in that shooting.

Withrow said students and teachers go about their day and classes continue as normal unless their is a major lockdown that would require moving to a designated shelter in place.

Principal Mellow Lee notified parents of the situation via phone link.

Gooden and Gray are being held at South Central Regional Jail on $100,000 cash-only bond each.

Anyone with information can contact city detectives at 304-348-6480.

Writers Matt Murphy and Samuel Speciale contributed.

Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at or 304-348-4850.

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