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UPDATE: Staunton man shot in home

Monday, January 5, 2009

Officials were called to the scene of an alleged shooting in Staunton Monday afternoon. [Order this photo]
Although details remain sketchy, officials confirm a Staunton man was shot at his home Monday afternoon.

The event, which took place shortly after 3 p.m., caused officials to close down the area for several hours around 605 W. Columbus St., Staunton, to protect the integrity of the crime scene during the ongoing investigation.

According to Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, Donald Borders, 68, stated that he was lying on the couch when a man entered his home and allegedly fired a gun at him before leaving.

Authorities have not disclosed the type of weapon allegedly used during the incident at this time.

Borders, who suffered a single entrance/exit wound to the lower abdomen, apparently walked to a neighbor's home to have someone report the incident to authorities.

"(Borders) said he's seen the (suspect) before, but isn't sure who he is," Heaton said.

Borders provided a preliminary description of the suspect to authorities, who was described as being a white male in his 40s with dark hair.

Late Monday evening, officials confirmed to The Brazil Times that Borders, who was listed in stable condition at St. Vincent Clay Hospital, was under observation by doctors to make sure no vital organs were injured during the shooting.

"We're still piecing things together," Heaton said. "We're talking with the neighbors to see if there was any suspicious activities in the area before the incident, but nothing has been reported yet."

To report information about this incident, or any other crime, contact investigators at the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535.

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That is crazy!

-- Posted by ibclean76@yahoo.com on Tue, Jan 6, 2009, at 8:51 AM

I would like some more info on this. Was this random or what???

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Jan 6, 2009, at 9:05 AM

The public does not always need all the details to a crime. The police and sheriff's departments have investigations to do and releasing certain information to the public would hinder their case. We do not have a right to know everything about a crime until it is solved.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Tue, Jan 6, 2009, at 9:48 AM

Sorry if I offened you with that question. I would just like to know if it was random. This is not a typical thing to have go on.

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Jan 6, 2009, at 10:25 AM

I'm glad the man was ok. People are crazy!! It's amazing how many people have no regard for a hman life or any respect for anyone's property.

-- Posted by ape1 on Tue, Jan 6, 2009, at 11:51 AM

Sorry to hear Don was shot. He use to be our neighbor years ago.

Hope he has a speedy recovery.

-- Posted by th1953 on Tue, Jan 6, 2009, at 5:29 PM

I can see the "Is it Random?" as a legit concern. If it was between two individules, then as bad as it was, there is little chance of this type incident happening elsewhere in the community on a random basis.

-- Posted by Grudge on Tue, Jan 6, 2009, at 6:48 PM

The question: "Was it random?" Is a legitimate concern. If the incident was between two people, as bad as it was, it would be far better than if there is a person entering and shooting people at random in thrier residence loose in our community


-- Posted by Grudge on Tue, Jan 6, 2009, at 11:26 PM

I agree with townpride. Media is known for sticking their noses into matters. And when they do this before a crime is solved it hinders the outcome. It causes way to much hearsay for the victims. Just look what it has done to the Mustard/Pickett case. The problem is that it is US readers who are nosey. I`m glad to see that our Brazil Times is doing the right thing. Providing the public with to much info sometimes helps the criminals and thats the last thing we need. Sometimes less is more.

-- Posted by rooster1 on Wed, Jan 7, 2009, at 7:54 AM

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