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New Year’s melee: Charleston police release video


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston police detectives are hoping to get some help from the public as they continue their investigation into a New Year’s morning shooting.

Chief of Detectives Lt. Steve Cooper released a surveillance video Friday morning.

“We’re hoping there may be additional witnesses who saw some portion of what happened that night,” Lt. Cooper said. “We want to have all of the witnesses that saw this take place available to testify later.”

The video shows a fight breaking out near the back entrance of the Ramada hotel in downtown Charleston. Cooper said two groups of people got into a fight over a pizza delivery at 2 a.m. New Year’s morning.

Police have already charged Michael Underwood, 30, of Beckley with malicious wounding. Cooper said the video shows Underwood shooting Charlie Scott during the fight. Police charged Fayetteville attorney Jamison Conrad with being an accessory after the shooting. It’s alleged he removed evidence from the scene and refused to identify Underwood while being interviewed by police.

The criminal complaint also alleges Conrad told another witness not to go to police but wait for them to come to him first.

Lt. Cooper is urging anyone who knows anything about what happened to call police at 304-348-6480.

“We hoping that once they see this video they’ll realize we need to speak with them,” he said.

Police said the Recovery Sports Grill, which is near the shooting scene, was closed two hours prior to the incident.

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