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Holiday weekend shooting

Thursday, June 4, 2009

May 23, a Memorial Day weekend shooting near Sadler Falls on the Spring River seriously injured one and resulted in two felony charges, including attempted murder, being filed against another.

According to a report obtained from the Fulton County Circuit Clerk, a verbal altercation inside a vehicle near Sadler Falls Campground between 17 year-old, Joshua Ray and 25 year-old, David Bates turned violent as Ray exited the vehicle and turned around and shot into the vehicle at Bates four times.

Bates was shot three times with a .25 automatic pistol, in the arm, side and head.

Three witnessess, Sasha Terrell, 19, Katherine Evans, 18, and Paige Hartness, 18, gave signed statements about the events that led to probable cause warrants being issued out of Fulton County for Ray's arrest.

The three girls were unharmed.

Ray was also the driver of the vehicle which turned into the path of two motorcycles on Highway 63, May 17. Two persons were killed and two were seriously injured.

Ray is currently being held in the Independence County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said Ray will be charged as an adult as he will turn 18 in less than a month. Dillinger said that the warrants have been served, but because Ray has not appeared before a judge, bond has yet to be set.

Ray was charged May 27 with attempted first degree murder, a Class A felony, criminal use of a prohibited weapon, a Class D felony and possession of a handgun by a minor under the age of 21, a Class A misdemeanor.



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