CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston police detectives believe a shooting at the 7-Eleven on West Washington Street Sunday night may be an ongoing feud and tied to another incident from a week ago.

Police say Gontorwon Toweh, 20, of Charleston was shot in the chest and thigh after a scuffle inside the store and in the store’s parking lot around 11:30 p.m.

The suspect, Timothy Rush, 24, of Charleston was arrested on Monday afternoon.

“The suspect was purchasing some items and as he opened the door to exit the store, the victim started punching him,” said Sergeant Tony Hazelett of the Charleston Police Department. “A female is seen on video surveillance running toward the door, runs in the door and brandishes a pistol.”

The fight moved into the parking lot where Hazelett said the video surveillance showed the woman giving the gun to Rush.

“The suspect started shooting multiple times at the victim, striking him in the chest and left thigh.” Hazelett said. “A total of 13 shots were fired. One car was hit several times and a diesel pump was struck and immediately shutoff by 7-Eleven management.”

Rush and the woman, who has been identified as Sara Moreno and charged with wanton endangerment, are then seen getting into a vehicle a fleeing the scene. Police were unsure of the make of the car since it was covered with snow.  Hazelett said it appeared to be a silver colored four door sedan possibly an Altima or Camry.

Toweh was hospitalized in critical condition. Hazelett said they’ve tried to speak with him on three occasions and he claimed to have no knowledge of what happened.

“There were some shots fired about a week ago in the 900 block of Grant Street,” he said. “We’re looking at a possible connection between that and the shooting last night.”


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  • P B and J

    What say you Mayor Jones??!!

    I'm sure RUSH ( with a lengthy criminal history) waited on the purchase of that firearm.

    Ditto with COLLINS the year prior.

  • Professor

    Say what you will but CRIME DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE!!!!!!!!

  • Kory

    Too common and too typical. Capital punishment or a severe beating might make them think twice before doing retarded stuff like this.....oh wait, this means they would have to use their brains which they are incapable of using. Nevermind

  • TB

    If we use the Mayor's logic and outlaw firearms for law abiding citizens this criminal behavior wouldn't occur. I am sure the firearm mentioned was legally purchased.

  • Abbagoochie

    Imagine that a black,a gun, a shooting, and a crime. As sure as sunrise and sunset another black thug in charleston does a crime.

    • Jason412

      Imagine that, a white girl being the one carrying the gun and pulling it.

    • Jed

      What kinda racist remark is that? How about those redneck hillbillies that murder everybody in their own families?
      What's your point?

      • Abbagoochie

        That makes alot of sense. There are family murders in all walks of life but in charleston as in all the country blacks commit 80% of all crimes in the country(probably a higher % in charleston)Stats dont lie and neither does any type of videos no matter what ,where,or whose video it is. By the way the truth is not racists. Neither is video tapes.

    • Burn them all

      Exactly. +1

  • Larry

    All involved parties in this altercation need to be euthanized.