Shooting victim's condition upgraded

July 29, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - The condition of one of the three men shot Saturday night at the Harpers Ferry Flea Market was upgraded Monday, while another remained in serious condition.

The condition of James Hoare, 36, of Knoxville, Md., who had been shot in the chest and abdomen, was upgraded to fair at Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. Danny Lerch, 34, also of Knoxville, remained in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the chest, according to hospital officials.

A third man shot, 51-year-old Barry Deeds Sr., of Point of Rocks, Md., was discharged from Jefferson Memorial Hospital on Sunday.


Patrick Carr, 53, of Minocquan, Wis., was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail on three counts of malicious wounding in connection with the shootings. His bond was set at $750,000.

Trooper T. J. Taucher, the investigating officer, said Carr has refused to answer any questions since his arrest and police have not uncovered any information about his background. A criminal computer check turned up no information about him.

A man drove up to the flea market in a 1969 Ford Bronco at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday and, according to witnesses, led a 5-year-old boy into a wooded area. When confronted by family and friends of the boy, the man opened fire with a .32-caliber revolver, wounding three men before being wrestled to the ground, police and witnesses said.

Taucher said an investigation into the sexual assault allegation is being conducted.

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