Salisbury man faces multiple charges in Saturday night shooting

- Police have charged Joshua Alexander Hovis, 29, of Salisbury after they say he shot Christopher Shepherd, 44, twice in the upper legs at 205 S. Clay St. on Saturday night.

Around 10:30 p.m. officers responded to a shots fired call in the E. Fisher and S. Shaver St. When they arrived, officers called EMS who then transported Shepherd to Novant Health Rowan Regional Medical Center and later, Wake Forest Baptist Hospital for further treatment.

Shepherd has since been released.

At the time of the incident, Shepherd had been attending a family gathering after a funeral service. Shepherd was shot while he was standing with other people outside of the residence. That's when Hovis and a possible second suspect took off in a vehicle.

Around 1 a.m. Sunday, an officer discovered Hovis pumping fuel into a vehicle at 1831 W. Innes St. Immediately, Hovis was taken into custody without incident.

He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill, felony possession of schedule II cocaine, felony possession of schedule II with intent to sell and deliver, possession of a firearm by a felon, misdemeanor possession of schedule IV marijuana, misdemeanor of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon.

Police also seized 8 grams of powder cocaine, 8 grams of crack cocaine, 7 grams of marijuana, a loaded handgun and $685 from Hovis.

Hovis was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $200,000 bond.


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