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Shooting victim listed at stable

A man seriously injured when shot by his grandfather last week was listed in stable condition Sunday in Washoe Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit.

Joshua Stone, 27, of Champagne, Ill., was shot in the back with a shotgun by 70-year-old David Lee Bayless early Thursday morning. As of Sunday, Bayless had not been not booked at the jail for any crime.

In an interview after the shooting, Bayless told detectives he was defending a woman when he shot his grandson.



Police confiscated Bayless’ 12-gauge shotgun as evidence but within hours returned him to his Tahoe Nugget apartment where the shooting occurred. The woman believed to be involved in the shooting is also a resident at the Tahoe Nugget, a small apartment building on Pentagon Road near Stateline.

Police said last week they did not arrest Bayless because of his defense claim, because they don’t believe he will run from the law and because they had not yet spoken to Stone about the incident. Police on duty Sunday did not know if detectives were able to interview him over the weekend.




Stone arrived at South Lake Tahoe just a day before he was shot. He called 911 as he lay bleeding from his wound. A helicopter transported him from Barton Memorial Hospital to Washoe Medical Center.

The shotgun blast hit his lower-right back from a distance of 10 to 12 feet. Stone required surgery for injuries to his spine and kidney. Police reported last week that Stone had no movement below his waist.

John Ruiz, a resident at the Tahoe Nugget, said Bayless and Stone were drinking alcohol for hours before the shooting. Bayless’ apartment was filled with empty beer bottles, police said.


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