EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSDeputies Say Boone Shooter Lied About Being A Victim
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Reported: Sep. 5, 2013 11:08 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 6, 2013 6:19 PM EDT
Williams Mountain , Boone County , West Virginia
An apparent feud between neighbors in Boone County lands one man in the hospital fighting for his life, while the other is accused of trying to kill him.
Boone County deputies went to a home in the Williams Mountain area Thursday night after getting reports of a man being shot, and another hit by a car. But as they started to put the pieces together, someone they first thought was a victim, turned out to be the alleged shooter they were looking for.
"Somehow, I don't know how, Edward got to that gun, but that's when I heard shots," says Heather Haynes, Dale Edward Lowther Junior's fiance.
The neighboring feud quickly escalated on Prenter Road around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. Orange circles marking the spots where ten shell casings were found. Shots deputies say were fired by Lowther.
Lowther, 33, is charged with attempted murder for allegedly trying to kill his neighbor Gary Hubbard.
Lowther's family is not disputing that he shot Hubbard three times in the back while Hubbard was driving his Jeep.
"He was laying down firing, he didn't mean to hit anyone. He couldn't even walk," Haynes said.
They say he couldn't walk because Hubbard had hit him twice with his Jeep before Lowther fired off the shots from a .22 rifle.
"That guy just backed like this and pulled right in here and hit Edward and Edward just went flying through the air," she said.
Deputies say that's just not the case.
"No evidence at the scene physically supported that, and no medical reports supported that either," explained Chief Deputy Chard Barker.
Deputies say Lowther filed the false report either in an attempt to justify the shooting or to throw them off of their investigation. Both were taken to CAMC General in Charleston, but deputies quickly learned Lowther was the shooter and not a victim, they said.
"Now it's getting said that Edward, Dale, filed a false police report and was never hit by a vehicle when he was," Haynes said.
From any angle, it's a troubling situation for neighbors in the small community.
"Especially when it's so close to your home," Larry Nelson said.
Joy and Larry Nelson live just up the street and say they're bothered by the violence just outside their door.
"You want your community to be a good, safe place for your grandchildren to play and to visit, now, you know, you want to keep them inside when they come to visit because you don't know who's still out there maybe with a grudge or something like that going on," Joy Nelson said.
Lowther faces three to 15 years in prison if convicted. He is being held on a $200,000 property bond.
Hubbard is in critical condition.
One man was arrested after deputies said he tried to kill a Boone County man.
Dale Edward Lowther, Jr., 33, of Van was arrested and charged with attempted murder.
The victim, Gay Hubbard of Van, was shot multiple times in the back with a .22-caliber firearm while driving along County Route 5 in the Williams Mountain area Thursday night, Boone County Chief Deputy Chad Barker said. Hubbard was in a Charleston hospital in critical condition.
Officers originally responded to reports of the shooting and a man who had been run over by a vehicle, Barker said.
Lowther told deputies that he had been struck multiple times by a vehicle driven by Hubbard, before the shooting, but deputies were able to determine that was not true, Barker said. Deputies believe Lowther fired about 10 shots.
Lowther was arraigned Friday morning in Boone County Magistrate Court and his bond was set at $200,000 - property only.
If convicted, Lowther could face three to 15 years in prison.
Two people were rushed to the hospital Thursday after one person was shot three times and another person was hit by a car in Boone County.
Emergency dispatchers said one person was shot twice in the back and once in the shoulder.
The incident took place on Prenter Road on Williams Mountain about 9:30 p.m.
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