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Man faces charges after his grandson is shot in the head

October 24, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 69-year-old Martinsburg man was in Eastern Regional Jail on Monday on charges of malicious wounding and wanton endangerment after his grandson was shot in the head Saturday with a .357 Magnum handgun at their home, Berkeley County Magistrate Court records show.

Nathaniel Joe Dais, of 195 Still Meadow Drive, was jailed on a $50,000 cash bond set by Magistrate James A. Humphrey.

Dais' grandson, Brandon Dais, 20, of the same address, was listed Monday as a patient at City Hospital, a spokesperson confirmed.

His medical condition was not available, but investigating West Virginia State Police Trooper F.H. Edwards said Monday he did not believe the victim's injuries were life-threatening.

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Edwards said in his complaint that he responded to the Dais home at 8:20 a.m. Saturday for a report of a gunshot victim. Once there, the accused told Edwards that he and his grandson had been arguing in a bedroom of the home, according to the complaint.

"Mr. Dais ... retrieved the handgun (from under the mattress in the room) at which (time) it went off striking his grandson in the head," Edwards said.

Edwards said he found the handgun under the mattress when he investigated the shooting.

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