Although officials have been investigating the shooting of a Staunton man at his home since Monday afternoon, details remain sketchy.
According to a telephone interview with Clay County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Rob Gambill Tuesday evening, part of the problem stems the ability of the victim, Donald Borders, 68, to recall details.
"He had apparently been drinking some alcohol before the incident," Gambill said.
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 investigation.
Borders told investigators he was on the couch, asleep, 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, but Gambill said the weapon could be identified once a slug is recovered at the crime scene.
However, the type of injury Borders sustained leads officials to believe it was a small caliber weapon.
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," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times during the early phase of the investigation. "But he isn't sure who he is."
Borders has provided a preliminary description of the suspect to authorities, which is described as being a white male in his 40s with dark hair.
Late Monday evening, Borders was listed in stable condition at St. Vincent Clay Hospital, and expected to remain hospitalized for observation by doctors to make sure no vital organs were injured during the shooting.
"We're still piecing things together," Heaton said about the investigation Monday. "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.