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Authorities are on the scene of a shooting in Charleston. Authorities are on the scene of a shooting in Charleston.
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A second suspect was arrested in an early morning shooting in Charleston.

According to Charleston Police, Jamison Conrad was arrested Thursday, January 2 and is charged with being an accessory after the fact to malicious wounding.

Conrad is the Mental Hygiene Commissioner for Fayette County, WV.

According to a criminal complaint issued by police, surveillance video showed Conrad and Michael Underwood, who was arrested Wednesday, fleeing the scene seconds after the shooting occurred, and go into Room 526 of the Ramada Inn Hotel.

The criminal complaint says that surveillance video also showed that Conrad, who was seen near the victim, removed evidence from the crime scene, which ended up being Underwood's cell phone.

According to the criminal complaint, Conrad directed Underwood, who was determined to be the suspected shooter, to flee the scene, in which Underwood still had a handgun in his hand.

The criminal complaint says that when they interviewed a witness also seen in the surveillance video, Travis McClintic, and asked him why he stayed in Room 526 for 90 minutes after the shooting occurred and not calling 911, McClintic told police that Conrad told him to not go to the police, but to let the police come to them.

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones is pursuing ethic violations against Conrad with The West Virginia State Bar, and says the surveillance video will be released Friday, January 3.

Conrad was taken to the Fayette County Courthouse for arraignment.



Police say the suspect in an early morning shooting is now in custody.

Michael Underwood surrendered to Charleston Police just before 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was charged with malicious wounding.

Police said the shooting stemmed from a mix-up.

"There was some type of misunderstanding and it had something to do with pizza," said Lt. Steve Cooper with the Charleston Police Dept.

Investigators said John "Charlie" Scott, of Charleston, was standing in the hallway between the Ramada Inn and the Recovery Sports Grill in Charleston. Scott and his friends reportedly were waiting for a cab while eating pizza.

Then Underwood and his group entered the foyer.

"They started in small talk asking about where they got the pizza at," said Sgt. Tony Hazelett, with the Charleston Police Department. "Phone numbers were exchanged for the pizza place."

That's when two women started fighting, police said. The scuffle escalated, and Underwood shot Scott's shoulder. The suspect walked through the Ramada Inn, where he had reserved a room for the night. He left through the parking garage. Surveillance footage captured the altercation.

Underwood's brother-in-law drove him to the police station from Beckley on Wednesday afternoon. He declined to comment on the situation.

Some hotel guests quickly checked out of the Ramada Inn Wednesday morning.

"I was ready to leave," said Sam Suits, of Saint Albans.

Suits had been celebrating the new year in downtown Charleston. When she returned to her hotel, she came upon the police scene.

"It scared me," Suits said. "It put me back a bit. But it happens everywhere. It's not just Charleston, it happens everywhere."

Underwood was arraigned before a Kanawha County magistrate at approximately 2:30 p.m. His bond is set at $250,000. He was taken to South Central Regional Jail.

Scott underwent surgery at Charleston Area Medical Center, according to investigators. He suffered gunshot wounds in his left shoulder and left thigh. He's listed as in serious, but stable condition.



Police have released the names of both the suspect and the victim in a Charleston, WV shooting.

Michael Underwood, 30, of Beckley is suspected of shooting John Charles Scott. Scott was taken to the hospital for treatment.  He underwent surgery and is listed in stable but serious condition.

The Beckley Police Department is aiding in the search for Underwood in their area.

Police say both parties were involved in an argument before the shooting happened.



One person was shot in the shoulder and the leg in a waiting area between the Ramada Inn and the bar Recovery.  The unidentified victim was transported to CAMC for treatment.

The roads near the Ramada Inn are re-opened however the investigation is ongoing as detectives continue gathering evidence inside the hotel.



Investigators with the Charleston Police Department and Kanawha County Sheriff's Office are searching for a suspect following a late-night shooting at a Charleston hotel.

Authorities on the scene said the call came out just before 2 a.m. Wednesday.  Officers and deputies had the Ramada Inn on Virginia Street in downtown Charleston surrounded throughout the early morning hours.  The Charleston Fire department was also dispatched.

Witnesses were being questioned on the scene.  Deputies with the Sheriff's Office had an armored vehicle parked in the parking lot of the hotel.  

So far, no one has been taken into custody.

Not much information is being released right now.  Stay with 13 News for more on this developing story.