Accounts of shooting differ |

Accounts of shooting differ

The man shot in the back by his grandfather last week told police from his bed in Washoe Medical Center he didn’t deserve to be shot.

Joshua Stone, 27, of Champagne, Ill., had been in town one day before his grandfather, David Bayless, 70, blasted him in the back with a 12-gauge shotgun early Thursday. He was listed in serious condition Monday.

Police questioned Bayless after the shooting but never booked him for any crime because he told officers he shot his grandson in defense of a woman.

Police interviewed Stone Saturday, and plan to forward the results of their investigation to the El Dorado County district attorney’s office.

“Their stories were very similar except they differed in one critical part,” said South Lake Tahoe police Detective David Stevenson.

Stevenson would not elaborate, other than to say: “(Stone’s) angle is that he didn’t deserve to get shot. (Bayless) says he was defending the woman. The DA will have the ultimate decision as whether or not (Bayless) gets prosecuted.”

The shooting occurred at 1:26 p.m. at Bayless’ Tahoe Nugget apartment, which is off U.S. Highway 50 near Stateline. Stone was staying with his grandfather at the time.

The two relatives had been drinking for several hours before the shooting, police said. The woman whom Bayless said he was defending lives at the Tahoe Nugget, but police said she was not inside the apartment when Bayless shot his grandson from a distance of about 10 feet.

Ruthanne Bicker, manager of Tahoe Nugget apartments since 1979, said the building is normally quiet.

“This apartment has never had this kind of problem,” she said. “We were all shocked something like this could happen. If the grandson hadn’t shown up, this probably never would have happened. David has been a tenant for eight years and as far as I know no one has ever called the police on him.”

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