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Harpers Ferry man is shot outside club

August 11, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

RIPPON, W.Va. - A man was shot in the stomach outside the Rainbow Road Club early Sunday following an argument that started inside the country music bar, a West Virginia State Police spokesman said.

James Collyer, 44, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was listed in good condition at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center after being shot about 3 a.m., said Sgt. E.D. Anderson.

A suspect in the shooting was apprehended shortly after the shooting along U.S. 340 and charged with malicious wounding and possession of a stolen firearm, Anderson said.

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The suspect is not being identified because Anderson could not provide an address for the man. The man, who Anderson believed is from Virginia, was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail Sunday night on $250,000 bond, a jail spokesman said.

The argument in the bar may have involved a group of people, Anderson said. He declined to say what may have started the dispute.

It is believed Collyer may have been shot three times in the stomach when the dispute moved outside, Anderson said.

On his way to the bar, Trooper E.S. Fultz was advised to be on the lookout for a car in which the shooting suspect was believed to be riding, Anderson said.

Fultz conducted a traffic stop on a car near the bar and located the suspect and a handgun inside, Anderson said.

The suspect was apprehended without incident, Anderson said.

There was a second person in the car but that individual was not arrested, Anderson said.

Bar officials could not be reached for comment Sunday night.

The Rainbow Road Club is near the Virginia state line just south of Rippon.

The club has a distinct history, which includes performances from music legend Patsy Cline. Part of "Sweet Dreams," a movie about Cline's life, was filmed there.

Country musicians such as Hank Williams III and Michael Twitty, son of Conway Twitty, also performed there.

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