Shooting victim provides in-depth description
STAUNTON -- The investigation by the Clay County Sheriff's Department regarding a shooting, which took place Monday, on Columbus Street in Staunton, is ongoing.
According to a press release provided by CCSD, at approximately 3:11 p.m., officials received a 911 call from a Staunton residence reporting his neighbor was at his home and he had been shot.
The victim, Donald Borders, 68, told officers he had been drinking prior to the shooting, which according to officials, "hampered his ability to assist with the identification of a suspect."
The report stated Borders told officials he had "consumed approximately 14 beers during the course of the day."
According to the report, Borders told officers he had been sleeping on his couch at his residence, 605 W. Columbus St., Staunton, when he woke up to his dog barking and found a white male standing over him with a gun.
Borders said the male with the gun was a person who had been at his home the night before playing cards. However, according to the report, Borders did not know the man's name.
Borders told officials the male told him that, "he was going to kill him as he aimed the gun toward his chest."
According to the release, Borders told officials he grabbed the man's hand and deflected the muzzle of the gun, which discharged and hit Borders in the side. He then said he and the man fought in his living room and he was eventually able to chase the man out the front door. The report states the unknown man ran away in an unknown direction.
Borders told officials he thought the shooting took place around 2:30 p.m.
Borders suffered a single entrance/exit wound to the lower abdomen and walked to a neighbor's home to receive help reporting the incident to authorities.
The report stated Borders told officials he and an acquaintance had met the unknown man a day or so earlier north of Central Avenue on Leavitt Street in Brazil. Borders and the acquaintance described the man as being a white male between 5-foot-5 and 5'10", with a slim build and dark, greasy hair.
Borders told authorities the unknown man asked him if he still played cards. According to the report, Borders told the man he did and invited him "over for a game."
Borders told authorities the man visited his home in the evening Sunday, Jan. 4, and the two played poker for a few hours. He said he won some items from the unknown man and after the game, the man left the residence.
Borders had been transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital, but was released Tuesday and has since returned home, according to officials.
Officials have, according to the release, provided several photo lineups for Borders to look at.
Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact investigators at the sheriff's department by calling 446-2535.