Crime & Courts

Shooting suspect caught while pumping gas in Salisbury

Joshua Alexander Hovis
Joshua Alexander Hovis Salisbury Police Department

Drugs, cash and a gun were confiscated from a Salisbury man who was arrested Sunday in connection with a shooting at a family gathering a day earlier.

Police arrested Joshua Alexander Hovis of Salisbury, 29, around 1 a.m. Sunday as he was pumping gas at 1831 W. Innes St. Police were looking for the vehicle in connection with the shooting.

The officers seized 8 grams of powder cocaine, 8 grams of crack cocaine, 7 grams of marijuana, $685 in cash, a loaded 9mm loaded handgun and drug paraphernalia.

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

He was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center, with bond set at $200,000.

Salisbury police responded to a call about shots fired at 10:36 p.m. Saturday. They arrived to find Christopher Shepherd of Salisbury, 44, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was treated at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital and later released.

Shepherd was outside a residence at 205 S. Clay St. at a family gathering when a man came from behind the apartment and shot him two times in the upper leg, according to a report from Salisbury police.

Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms