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Man critical after Kingsbury shooting

by Merrie Leininger

A Stateline man is in intensive care at Washoe Medical Center and another man is in custody after a shooting and a manhunt Tuesday.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office did not release the identity of the victim Tuesday. He was transported by CareFlight after being found in his front yard on South Benjamin Drive with five to seven bullet wounds.

Donald Ray Lawson Jr., 32, of Stateline, a bartender at Planet Hollywood inside Caesars casino, was arrested in connection with attempted murder. Bail was set at $100,000.

About 10 people called 911 to report shots heard at 2:50 a.m.

Later, a witness reported a zippered handgun case laying on the ground near a van on upper Kingsbury. While police were looking at the van, they saw a man peeking out of a window and questioned the man, who was later identified as Lawson. Officers searched his home and the van.

Lawson was very cooperative with police, according to Sgt. Lance Modispacher.

Modispacher said the victim, who is a bartender at the Mott Canyon Tavern on Tramway Drive, apparently got into a driving incident with the suspect Jan. 28.

Modispacher did not want to call the shooting a road rage incident.

“Who knows what’s been going on between these two since then,” he said.

Modispacher said the victim apparently came outside Tuesday morning when he heard the suspect vandalizing his car and was shot.

Modispacher said Tuesday afternoon the victim was in critical but stable condition. Most of the bullet wounds are in his abdomen.

Sheriff Ron Pierini said officers worked hard to find the suspect.

“I think our investigative team that worked this attempted homicide did an exceptional job. One of the reasons we’ve been successful at keeping the crime rate down and the instances of violent crime down is the fast reaction and sending as many resources as we can,” Pierini said. “It’s like the Soria case; we knew who the suspects were in a couple hours. In this case, they had very little to work on and did a great job.”

Because the victim’s home is near Kingsbury Grade, traffic was slow Tuesday.

“We closed a couple roadways in and out of that entire circle area in case the suspect was still there,” Pierini said. “Tramway is blocked. It is a U-shaped road that circles down about 500 yards and the road that comes out on Kingsbury is Benjamin.”

Police are still trying to recover the firearm, which they believe is a 9 mm handgun.

Anyone with information can call Investigator Ted Duzan at (775) 586-7275 or Secret Witness at 586-7295.