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Brothers Wounded in Hillsborough Shooting

Posted October 26, 1996 12:00 a.m. EDT

— About 5:30 p.m. Friday, two brothers were shot, allegedly by a man who officials said was threatening suicide. The man was identified as Jerry Ray, Jr., of Hillsborough. Joe Ganim is listed in critical condition, his brother, Joe, is in fair condition at UNC Hospital.

The shooting occurred at the Daniel Boone Shell station, where the brothers routinely stop after their day's work managing Southern Country Inn in Daniel Boone Village. They buy soft drinks for their ride home to Greensboro.

Witnesses told investigators that Ray had bought and paid for gas at the station, but his car would not start. A station mechanic tried to assist with the car, but it didn't respond to an attempted jump-start.

The mechanic reportedly heard Ray say he would commit suicide and saw him pull out a pistol. The brothers, also hearing the remark, reportedly said, "No, don't do that. That's not what you need to do."

Witnesses said shots then rang out, with Joe Ganim hit as he stood outside their truck, and more shots going through the windshield at John. David Booker, the mechanic, said as many as seven bullets may have gone through the windshield. Another bullet ricocheted across the parking lot and hit an awning at a Wendy's restaurant. None of the patrons was injured.

Bystanders said Ray tried to shoot himself in the head, but the gun was empty. An officer arrived moments later, and subdued Ray.

Charges are pending, possibly involving two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.

The rush-hour shotting occurred at the busy intersection of South Churton Street with Interstate 85.