The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

March 28, 2014

Suspect in a November attempted murder arrested in Huntington

Christopher Henry stood with a man he’d known since he was maybe 5 or 6 on the day after Thanksgiving. Henry and Rashad Lewis Morris smoked a blunt (tobacco-marijuana mixture) together and chatted outside the Beckwoods Apartments, police say.  

Later, Morris allegedly pulled out a gun and told Henry “Give me all your sh*t.”

Morris, 22, was arrested Wednesday in Huntington and charged with robbing and shooting Henry, according to a criminal complaint filed in Raleigh County Magistrate Court.

The gun was pointed at Henry’s head and Morris’ finger was on the trigger. Henry tried to push the gun away, but it went off. A bullet tore through his finger and hit his nose. Morris fired between six and eight shots into Henry’s stomach, according to the criminal complaint.

Morris ran a short ways before he turned around and came back. As he ran back toward Henry, the complaint alleges he pointed his gun at witnesses and pulled the trigger. The gun was jammed or had broken and didn’t go off.

Morris started to go through Henry’s pockets. Henry says his cellphone and two bags of marijuana were taken from him at that moment.

Security footage from the apartment complex didn’t catch the shooting on tape, but the cameras did see Morris run through the snow onto McCulloch Drive. A footprint from the scene was matched to a Nike Air Jordan shoe, of which Morris has a collection. Police say he posted a photo of his shoe collection to Facebook the day before the shooting.

Witnesses at the scene viewed a photo line-up and four of the six identified Morris as the person they saw running from the scene where Henry had been shot. One couldn’t decide from the photos and one witness picked someone else as the shooter.

None of the witnesses saw Morris shoot Henry, but they all say they saw Morris run away from Henry as he lay on the ground, according to the complaint. Witnesses say they also saw Morris turn back and go back to where Henry lay bleeding.

Henry was taken to Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital to be treated for his gunshot wounds. He was shot through the left hand, in his nose and multiple times in the stomach. His colon and spleen were hit during the shooting. One bullet is still lodged in muscle tissue on his body.

One bullet was removed and put into evidence at the Beckley Police Department to be sent off to the West Virginia State Police Lab for analysis.

U.S. Marshals eventually arrested Morris in Huntington on Wednesday. Morris was formally charged with attempted first degree murder, first degree robbery, and malicious wounding.

Morris is in Southern Regional Jail on $250,000 bond.

— E-mail: cneff@register-herald.com

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