Shepherdstown shooting victim in stable condition

Man charged with malicious wounding and wanton endangerment

August 10, 2010
  • Brian P. Grinnan

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. --A 33-year-old Shepherdstown, W.Va., man who was shot twice Monday night was in stable condition Tuesday at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., West Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. W.J. Scott said.

Joseph C. Bovee was being treated for gunshot wounds in his lower abdomen and left wrist, Scott said.

Brian Paul Grinnan, 26, of Harpers Ferry, was charged with malicious wounding and wanton endangerment and was being held Tuesday in Eastern Regional Jail on a $75,000 bond, according to jail records and police.

"This was not a random act," Scott said in an e-mail Tuesday afternoon about the shooting. "It was a group of people that apparently knew each other and, obviously, things got out of hand."

At 8:52 p.m. Monday, Troopers J.M. Bush and S.R. Smith responded to investigate a reported shooting at 148 Little Shady Lane in the Shannondale subdivision, according to police. Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire Department also was dispatched to the scene by Jefferson County Emergency Communications.


The emergency dispatch center told police that a man fled the scene on a black ATV after the shooting, according to Scott's news release.

Statements obtained from Bovee and witnesses indicated that a man arrived at the Shady Lane address and became belligerent with Bovee and several other individuals, according to police.

The man walked outside the residence, with Bovee following, and fired several shots toward Bovee, two of which struck him, police said. The shooter then fled the scene.

Information gathered by police led them to 347 Highview Road in Shannondale, where Grinnan was arrested, according to police.

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