CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  A bar bouncer in downtown Charleston remained in critical condition Saturday following a late-night shooting.

Charleston detectives said Jimmy Beasley was walking two women to their car at closing time Saturday around 2 a.m. when two men opened fire, shooting him 12 times. Chief of Detectives Lt. Steve Cooper said Beasley had thrown the men out of the Charleston Cellar earlier in the evening.

Beasley was shot in the head and several other areas. One of the bullets grazed one of the women he was escorting.

Police have charged George Sawyer with malicious wounding alleging Sawyer and Tasheem Collins shot Beasley and then ran toward Kanawha Boulevard. Police said Sawyer jumped into the river but swam back to shore, where he was apprehended. Police are still looking for Collins.

Sawyer is being held in the South Central Regional Jail.

The state Alcohol Beverage Control Agency commissioner suspended the Cellar’s alcohol license for 10 days while the agency conducts an investigation into the incident.



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  • mook

    I go for public punishment, think about the hotdogs & hamburgers & pizza that could be sold $$$

  • Another Perspective

    Gary Karstens
    Last week you were ranting that if you wanted objective news you would read the Gazette. Yet, you're still here posting on this site.
    Go post on YOUR Left-Wingnut Gazette!
    Nobody here wants to read your Leftie & snarky postings!

  • Another Perspective

    Gary Karstenst
    I'll be you a crisp Ben Franklin that none of these THUGS had concealed carry permits. You need a giant cup of SFU. But, you won't pass up any opportunity to post your snarky remarks about law-abiding gun owners. Go crawl back under your rock or under the couch, wherever you hide.
    Find a new word rather than Yeeesh, because that describes you.

  • me

    I would have "kicked" him back in the river.

  • The new gun law

    The new gun law does not help the solution by far it's putting a lot of people in potentially deadly situations more guns in normal people hands that have no training in using them or controlling there emotions in heated or intense situations I see this law causing more problems than good.

    • Another Perspective

      WRONG! On so many levels.

  • Randy

    Hope the f****r drowned.

  • Larry

    This incident serves as a great lesson why it's a bad idea to drink alcohol, and an even worse one to gather around a bunch of other people who are also drinking, and likely on drugs of some sort.

  • Dr. nate!!

    How many times do I have to say it? Chip them all, just chip them! No new laws! No new studying the problem! These nuckle dragging, Obama voting,pillheaded, wanta be a gangster , thugs, need to be pointed in the right direction!! And that's in the business end, of my whole tree chipper!!! Your welcome!

    • Randy

      Just wondering. Are you a reconstructive surgeon who makes millions off of wood chipper injuries? Not saying you're an ambulance chasing doc, JUST you gotta wonder. FOCUS on my mantra---Please don't let all the king's horses and all the king's men be able to put Gary Karstens together again. Amen. In Feinstein's name we pray.

    • Randy

      Said it before and I'll say it now. The man loves his wood chipper.

  • Hillbilly

    My guess is that Tasheem is on a flight back to Detroit . He will blend in there . I wonder who's house he broke into to steal the weapon .

  • Gary Karstens

    PEOPLE, wake up! We don't need any more guns in our society! YEESH!

  • this place sucks

    So glad im movin out of this sh..hole state

    • Randy

      So glad you moved too.

  • Grey4449

    We need the death penalty back. These scum don't care if they rape little kids and then kill them. They don't care if they kill the old or you. It's three meals, air cond. computer time. Bed and a roof over their heads. Some get out in 5 or 10 years and do it again. It's shameless. Call your Senators and delegates and tell them enough is enough. A lot will think twice before killing if it's their life on the line.

  • Jonus Grumby

    12 times? Where is the same outrage for the victim here as happened when the cops in Martinsburg shot a man 23 times? Don't get me wrong, I am not defending the police actions in Martinsburg at all, but I am concerned about the absence of overwhelming outrage here.

    • Jason412

      It is expected from criminals, it is not expected by police. This man also wasn't shot in the back while on the ground , nor did he die. Criminals aren't paid by tax dollars, trained with tax dollars, or using guns bought with tax dollars. I would say that is why there's a lack of outrage.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    Those boys should have learned to take their beating like a man. Pulling out a gun and shooting down an unarmed fellow human being is nothing more than a sickening, cowardly, little girl way of reacting. And then run. How disgusting. Throw the book at them.

  • Mitch

    This whole thing seems orchestrated to me. Does it seem strange to anybody else that this happens right in the middle of Danny Jones' anti-gun a place that another person said was "his old bar"?