Letter of reprimand might have prompted shooting at Clear Spring home

July 15, 2011|By DON AINES |

A letter of reprimand given to the assistant manager of a fast-food restaurant might have prompted a shooting at the manager's Clear Spring home last month, according to court documents.

 Donnie Lee Basore, 33, of 715 Medway Road, Hagerstown, was the assistant manager of a Wendy's restaurant in Hagerstown at the time of the shooting, according to the application for statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

 Manager Chris Rudisill had given Basore a letter of reprimand on June 27. Rudisill's Clear Spring home was struck a half dozen times on June 28 by rounds from a .40-caliber firearm, the charging documents filed in Washington County District Court said.

Basore was charged Wednesday with conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, conspiracy to commit second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment, conspiracy to commit malicious destruction of property and malicious destruction of property, court records said.

At Basore's bond hearing Friday, Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael said most of the charges involve conspiracy because no one was home at the time of the drive-by shooting.

Washington County District Judge Dana Moylan Wright left Basore's bond unchanged at $250,000.

After Rudisill had given Basore the letter, another employee went to Rudisill and told him that Basore was going to do something to the manager and "he had the guns to do it," the documents said.

Investigators conducted a surveillance of Basore's home and went through his trash, finding evidence of marijuana use, the  documents said.

A search warrant was obtained for Basore's home on July 5. Earlier this week, the Washington County Special Response Team assisted deputies in executing the warrant.

Basore and another man, Edward Louis Miles, 19, also of 715 Medway Road, were arrested in the search. Miles was found to be carrying a .40-caliber handgun in his waistband, the documents said.

The sheriff's office said Friday that Miles had been charged in the drive-by shooting with the same charges as Basore, along with possession of a handgun in a vehicle, illegal possession of a firearm, theft of less than $1,000 and two counts of possession of a firearm by a minor.

Miles was arrested on a fugitive warrant from West Virginia where he is wanted for possession with intent to distribute narcotics, the documents said. A check of the handgun's serial number showed that it was listed with the Hagerstown Police Department as stolen, the documents said.

Investigators allege Miles and Basore planned to go by Rudisill's house on the night of the shooting "to scare Rudisill and send him a message."

Miles told investigators that Basore drove by the house on Broadfording Road while he (Miles) fired at it, aiming for the garage and a vehicle parked in the driveway, the documents said.

There were bullet holes in the garage, and near the front door and front porch, the documents said.

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