MARION COUNTY — A 21-year-old Centralia man is has been charged in Marion County Court with being a felon in possession of a firearm, following a weekend shooting incident apparently spurred when he flashed a gang sign Saturday afternoon.
Centralia police arrested DeWillis Moore running from the area shortly after they received a report of shots fired just before noon Saturday.
Police reports say 20-year-old Devin Gibbs, also of Centralia, went on his own to St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Centralia for treatment of injuries.
Reports indicate Moore flashed a gang sign at a passing van carrying Gibbs and others. The van then stopped, with the occupants getting out and asking Moore why he’d flashed the gang sign. Moore then reportedly pulled a gun and fired.
The van and its occupants had left the area before police arrived, but police were later notified about Gibbs being shot.
Initially uncooperative, Moore eventually told police Gibbs was trying to start a fight with him when the shooting occurred, reportedly claiming the shooting was self-defense and telling officers where he had dumped the gun. The weapon was ultimately recovered.
Moore was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he remains with bail set at $50,000.