MARION COUNTY — Bail has been set at $250,000 for a 24-year-old Centralia man charged in a Saturday morning shooting incident at the home of a relative.
Qwinton “Turtle” Shackleford, was arrested Saturday afternoon, after he allegedly shot a man over a dispute regarding a dice game.
Shackleford was formally charged this morning with Class X felony aggravated battery from the discharge of a firearm and Class X felony armed robbery with a firearm. Each Class X felony is punishable by up to 30 years in prison if convicted, along with a fine of up $25,000. These offenses are not probationable.
According to police reports, Myron Smith was taken from his North Cherry Street home to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia for treatment of a gunshot wound to his upper ankle. He was later released.
Smith reportedly told police he was playing dice at his home around 5 a.m. Saturday morning with Shackelford and others when a dispute broke out over money. Smith said Shackleford became upset and made threats as he left the residence, only to return about 30 minutes later, with a gun demanding money.
Shackleford allegedly shot Smith and took $200 in cash from him, then fired a second shot that didn’t hit anyone and left the residence.
According to police, Smith was not going to report the shooting until the seriousness of the his injury required him to go to the hospital.
Around noon, Centralia Police went to a home where Shackelford was reportedly staying, and received consent to search the residence. They reportedly located Shackleford hiding in a bedroom closet of the home and he was taken into custody without incident.
He remains in the Marion County Jail, and is next scheduled in court October 13, for a preliminary hearing and a first appearance with court appointed counsel.