McGeehan benefit successful |

McGeehan benefit successful

Stateline resident James McGeehan remains in serious but stable condition in Washoe Medical Center’s intensive care unit nearly two weeks after he was shot outside his Kingsbury Grade residence.

Mott Canyon Tavern & Grill owner Mark White Jr. said McGeehan, a Mott Canyon bartender, has a great support network which packed the tavern Thursday night to raise money for McGeehan’s medical and recovery expenses.

“We were able to raise several thousands of dollars,” White said of the benefit for “Jimmy,” what friends call McGeehan. “The community was incredible. It’s the busiest I’ve ever seen my bar.”

White said several residents and businesses donated money to support McGeehan.

“It’s amazing. Restaurants, bars, hardware stores, private individuals- they all gave,” White said. “(McGeehan’s parents) were very awe-struck at the support Jimmy has out here.”

Ten days after a traffic incident with the 32-year-old McGeehan on Super Bowl Sunday, suspect Donald Ray Lawson Jr. allegedly vented his rage by shooting McGeehan about seven times, while emptying a 17-bullet clip of a Smith & Wesson 9 mm pistol.

As Lawson awaits his court date in Douglas County Jail, White said McGeehan is slowly mending, conscious but heavily sedated.

“He’s doing better every day,” White said. “The doctors are optimistic about his condition but it’s still wait and see.”

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