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.