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Police arrest drive-by shooting suspect

Nobody was hurt inside the home hit by a shotgun blast

by:  - Joshua Aaron Gray

News Editor
   March 26, 2003 — Police have arrested a Madras man accused of firing a 12-gauge shotgun toward a home in a manner they characterized as a drive-by shooting.
   Joshua Aaron Gray, 18, of 1519 S.W. Highway 361, was arrested by Madras Police last Wednesday after he allegedly fired one round at a Southwest Second Street residence where five individuals were inside.
   Nobody was injured from the blast, which police described as bird-shot that punctured a window and left marks on a wall consistent with a shotgun.
   Gray was arrested just after 9 p.m., about an hour and a half after the incident.
   Gray was carrying two passengers when he allegedly pulled in front of the residence and fired the shotgun from the window of his Nissan Pathfinder, according to a police affidavit.
   The 16-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl accompanying Gray have not been charged.
   According to the police affidavit, they apparently weren’t aware of his intentions until he slowed in front of the home and said, “I’m going to do this.”
   The 14-year-old girl told police Gray said he was just trying to “scare someone,” the affidavit said.
   Gray is being held on $10,000 bail and faces a 9:30 a.m. hearing Thursday. The day after the shooting, he was arraigned on two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, one count of second-degree criminal mischief and five counts of reckless endangerment because he allegedly put five lives at risk.
   The maximum penalty upon conviction of all charges is 11 years in prison plus $130,000 in fines. James Laws has been appointed his defense attorney.
   Madras police recovered the 12-gauge shotgun under a trash container at Gray’s home.
   The barrel of the firearm had been sawed off since Gray’s father reported it stolen earlier that same day to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, which assisted in apprehending Gray.
   Police said they were unclear what motivated the shooting, but had learned Gray had scouted the residence twice earlier. A resident of the Second Street home told investigators he saw the shot fired from the Nissan Pathfinder but only knew the suspect by his first name.