UPDATE | Detroit man wanted in Huntington bar shooting that injured 7

Detroit man wanted in Huntington bar shooting that injured 7
Detroit man wanted in Huntington bar shooting that injured 7(WDTV)
Published: Jan. 1, 2020 at 10:52 AM EST
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UPDATE 1/2/20 @ 8:50 p.m.

A man from Detroit is wanted in connection with a New Year's Day bar shooting that injured seven people, Huntington Police said Thursday night.

Kymonie Desean Davis, 30, has been charged with seven counts of wanton endangerment and one count of malicious wounding. Investigators say he also has active warrants locally for burglary and domestic battery and is wanted for fraud in Illinois with no extradition.


UPDATE 1/2/20 @ 3:30 p.m.

The city of Huntington will be issuing a cease and desist order to close a bar where seven people were shot on New Year's Day, Mayor Steve Williams said Thursday during a news conference.

Two of the seven victims are in critical condition, but all are considered stable, Huntington Interim Police Chief Ray Cornwell said.

The shootings took place just before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at Kulture Hookah Bar in the 1100 block of 4th Avenue.

Mayor Williams said the establishment originally applied to the Board of Zoning as a retail business and was approved, but later applied to be a bar but did not follow procedures to be licensed.

The mayor also said the business has not paid any taxes, which helped prompt the decision for the cease and desist order.

"They haven't paid the first penny of taxes," Williams said.

Cornwell said three search warrants have been issued -- one at the bar and two involving victims. He said the warrants have yielded several items of evidence.

Investigators also say that multiple law enforcement agencies have been involved with investigating criminal activity at the location, but there has been no action based on what they found.

In response to a question about the whether the city is safe, the mayor replied, "Of course, Huntington is safe. "Our crime has been declining every single year."

City officials have not released the names or ages of the victims at this time.

"Unacceptable," Williams said of the incident. "We won't allow that to happen in our town."

WSAZ has a crew at the news conference.


UPDATE 1/2/20 @ 12:06 a.m.

Huntington City leaders are expected to release more information Thursday about the mass shooting that happened at the Kulture Hookah Bar in the early morning hours of New Year's Day.

Seven people were injured. No one was killed.

City officials say they will hold a news conference about the incident at 3 p.m. Thursday.

A mass shooting, as defined by the Gun Violence Archive (an independent research and data collection organization), is when four or more people are shot and or killed in a single event at the same general time and location. That number does not include the shooter.

Police have not released the names of the victims or the extent of their injuries. However, Bonnie Williams tells WSAZ that her daughter Elizabeth Wells, 29, is among the victims and is recovering at Cabell Huntington Hospital. She was working at the bar as a security guard when the incident happened.

Police say they do not believe that the incident was random. There is still no word from police on a potential suspect at this time. Witnesses say a dispute inside the bar that continued outside may have led to the shooting.

Wednesday night, WSAZ worked to reach out to every member of Huntington City Council based on the contact information provided on the city’s website.

All members that we talked to declined to comment. Others did not return phone calls or text messages at the time of this publication.

Huntington City Council chairman Mark Bates said that he doesn’t want to speculate until council members have a report from HPD.

WSAZ also reached out to some members of the Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals. Members we reached declined to comment. One wasn’t aware of the shooting until our phone call.

The establishment was approved by the zoning board in the Summer of 2019. However the establishment did not have a liquor license, according to the state of West Virginia's Alcohol Beverage Control Administration. Without a liquor license the fate of the Kulture Hookah Bar remains in the hands of the city of Huntington.

WSAZ asked people at the establishment for comment Wednesday, but they declined.


UPDATE 1/1/20 @ 10:01 p.m.

We have new information about the owner of the bar involved in a mass shooting in Huntington.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Charleston, the owner of Kulture Hookah Bar is Charon Chere Harris, also known as Charon Reese.

Investigators say she pleaded guilty in 2016 to maintaining a residence for the purpose of distributing heroin.

According to a news release from that time, Harris never lived in the apartment. She leased it to allow a man from Detroit to sell heroin there.

Harris was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

The shooting happened just before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at Kulture Hookah Bar in the 1100 block of 4th Avenue. Police say the victims were both inside and outside the bar.

The seven victims were taken to the hospital either via personal vehicles or EMS. No fatalities have been reported, but the conditions of the victims has not been released.

The Associated Press reports that more than a dozen shell casings were found outside the bar and in a parking lot across the street. About 50 people were inside the bar when police arrived.

No arrests have been made at this time


UPDATE 1/1/20 @ 7:45 p.m.

While police have not released the names or conditions of the seven victims of a New Year’s Day bar shooting in downtown Huntington, one of the victim’s mothers shared her story.

Bonnie Williams tells us her daughter, 29-year-old Elizabeth Wells, was shot. Williams was understandably emotional talking about the possibility of losing her daughter.

Although it looks like Elizabeth is going to be OK, it was a terrifying morning for Williams and her family.

She got a call around 3 a.m. Wednesday that there had been a shooting at Kulture Hookah bar in the 1100 block of 4th Avenue. Williams explained that her daughter Elizabeth was working security there that night.

"I felt so darn weak,” Williams said. “My mind's still racing. It was racing then. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy at all. Because this is not no feeling a parent should have to go through."

Some of Williams’ questions were answered when she called the hospital. Her daughter had been shot in the stomach and was out of surgery, listed in stable condition.

“I'm still in shock,” Williams said. “I'm pretty sure the other victims' families are in the same condition. I haven't been asleep yet since 3 or 3:30 ... so."

That shock was felt by several other families as Huntington Police confirmed six others had been shot.

Their names and conditions have not been released, but no fatalities have been reported.

“We could have lost our children this morning, on New Year’s,” Williams said.

While it’s not the start of the new year she had hoped for, she has faith it will be filled with healing and strength.

"We're going to pull through this,” Williams said. “We're going to pull through it. One day at a time, one step at a time.”

Williams also told us her daughter was conscious and talking – feeling very lucky to be alive.

The Associated Press reports that more than a dozen shell casings were found outside the bar and in a parking lot across the street. About 50 people were inside the bar when police arrived.


UPDATE 1/1/20 @ 2:50 p.m.

Mayor Steve Williams has released a statement following the mass shooting at a Huntington bar early Wednesday morning.

"Any incident of this nature in the downtown or in any of our neighborhoods is unacceptable and will not be tolerated," Mayor Williams said.

"We are waiting for law enforcement investigators to provide more complete information about this incident before we determine the next steps."

The shooting happened just before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at Kulture Hookah Bar in the 1100 block of 4th Avenue. Police say the victims were both inside and outside the bar.

The seven victims were taken to the hospital either via personal vehicles or EMS. No fatalities have been reported, but the conditions of the victims has not been released.

Family of one of the victims tell us her name is Elizabeth Wells. She is 29.

No arrests have been made at this time.

A city spokesman released the following statement later Wednesday afternoon:

"The Police Department is continuing its investigation into the shooting at Kulture. This investigation includes all licenses and permits. Various facets of the investigation are continuing to evolve and when we have updated information, we will advise the media of these findings."


UPDATE 1/1/20 @ 10:22 a.m.

Huntington Police confirm seven people were shot early Wednesday morning at a bar.

The shooting happened at Kulture Hookah Bar a little before 1:30 Wednesday morning. Some of the victims were inside, others outside the bar in the 1100 block of 4th Ave.

Witnesses say a dispute inside the bar that continued outside may have led to the shooting. Police do not believe it was a random act.

The seven victims were taken to the hospital either via personal vehicles or EMS. No fatalities have been reported, but the conditions of the victims has not been released.

There have been no arrests made.


UPDATE 1/1/20 @ 3:25 a.m.

At least four and possibly five people have been shot inside a Huntington bar.

Interim Police Chief Ray Cornwell says some of the injuries are serious. The shooting happened about 1:30 Wednesday morning at Kulture Hookah Bar in the 1100 block of 4th Avenue.

Chief Cornwell says several victims were taken to the hospital in private cars, while others were taken by ambulance.

Evidence markers are visible across 4th Ave. from the bar and on the street immediately in front. The WSAZ crew at the scene reports the door to the bar had been shattered.


ORIGINAL STORY 1/1/20 @1:45 a.m.

At least two people have been shot during New Year's festivities at a Huntington bar.

The shooting happened a little after 1:30 Wednesday morning in the 1100 block of 4th Ave, outside Kulture Hookah Bar.

A security guard at the bar tells our crew at the scene two people were shot. One of the victims is a security guard.

Huntington Police have not commented on the shooting.