UPDATE: Suspect arrested in deadly West Side shooting

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UPDATE (6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 27): Charleston Police say Christopher Smith was taken into custody Tuesday morning. He was found in the Clendenin area.

Smith is facing charges of first degree murder and malicious wounding. According to CPD, he will be taken to the South Central Regional Jail later this morning.

UPDATE (4 p.m. on Monday, July 26): Police say an alleged altercation has left one person dead and another in critical condition on Charleston’s west side this afternoon.

According to the Charleston Police Department, a warrant has been issued for Christopher Neil Smith, 38, of Charleston. He is wanted on charges of 1st Degree Murder and Malicious Wounding.

Officers say the victims were sitting in an enclosed porch around 12:15 p.m. Monday, July 26, at a home on the 800 block of Stockton Street when they were approached by the suspect. According to CPD, an “altercation” between the victims and the suspect broke out over “alleged stolen property.” Officers say the suspect then allegedly shot the victims before fleeing on foot.

Police say when they arrived at the scene, they found the male victim, identified as Jay Jerome Henry Jr., 30, of Charleston, on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds and the female victim, identified as Amanda Dawn Burdette, 35, of Charleston, inside the enclosed porch. Both were taken to a local hospital. Burdette was pronounced dead at the hospital and Henry remains in critical condition.

Anyone with information on Smith’s whereabouts is asked to contact the CPD’s Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480 or Metro Communications at 304-348-8111.


UPDATE (1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 26): Charleston PD has confirmed that the female shot in this incident has passed away. Her cause of death has been ruled a homicide.


UPDATE (12:51 p.m. on Monday, July 26): Metro says that one of the two people has been transported to a hospital. No information about a suspect is available at this time.


CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK)—According to dispatch, two people were reportedly shot on Charleston’s West Side at around 12:20 p.m. on Monday.

The shooting took place in the 800 block of Stockton Street in Charleston. The victims are said to be one male and one female.

No other information is available at this time.

This is a developing story, and we will continue to update it on WOWKTV.com, the WOWK 13 News App, and on 13 News on air.

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