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Man injured after being shot in foot

June 23, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A busy campground along U.S. 340 became the scene of a shooting Sunday afternoon, prompting two off-duty police officers to subdue the suspect, police said.

The victim, Mihailo Zuber, of Rockville, Md., was shot in the foot with a 12-gauge shotgun, according to Sgt. Sam Harmon of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Luther G. Daniel, 47, of P.O. Box 187, Martinsburg, W.Va., was charged with malicious wounding, wanton endangerment and brandishing, Harmon said.

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The shooting, which was reported about 1:15 p.m., occurred at the KOA campground near the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Visitor Center across from Bolivar Heights.

A man approached another man who was camping next to him and asked the man where he was from, Harmon said.

After the second man told the first man where he was from, the first man shot the second man in the foot with the shotgun, Harmon said.

Two Anne Arundel County, Md., Police Department officers were camping in the campground at the time, Harmon said.

One of the officers, Timothy Utzig, was walking to a bathhouse when he heard a bang, Harmon said.

Utzig looked around and saw Zuber hopping around, Harmon said.

Utzig and the second officer, Andrew Albach, then saw a man standing near a van and putting a gun in the back seat, Harmon said.

Utzig and Albach were able to subdue the man and hold him until local police arrived, Harmon said.

Harmon praised the two officers for their quick thinking.

"They definitely went above and beyond their call," Harmon said.

Harmon said he has no motive for the shooting. Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober said Sunday there may have been no reason for the shooting.

Police did not get a chance to talk to Zuber at length and Daniel did not give a statement to police, Harmon said.

Zuber, who was expected to lose his foot, was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., and then flown to another hospital, Harmon said. Harmon was not sure where Zuber was taken for treatment.

Daniel, who was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail Sunday night, also was charged with being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, Harmon said. That charge stems from a prior criminal history, Harmon said.

The shooting occurred as a large number of people, including children, were at the campground, Harmon said.

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