1 wanted, 1 in custody following investigation into shooting in W. Asheville

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Jason Gaines (left) and Justin Gaines (From: Asheville Police Department)

ASHEVILLE, NC (WSPA) – One person is already in custody and the Asheville Police Department is looking for another man after additional charges were filed following a shooting in west Asheville on Monday.

According to a news release, the police department received a report of a shooting on Westmore Drive at around 10:45 a.m.

When they arrived on-scene, officers made contact with witnesses who said an argument occurred between two people who lived at an apartment, and during the argument a gun was fired.

Police said the bullet went through the apartment wall and into the next apartment. An adult in that apartment was home at the time of the shooting, but was not injured.

Photo courtesy of Asheville Police Department

During the investigation, police found drugs and a firearm in the apartment, and arrested Jason Januun Gaines and Justin Jamaal Gaines.

Jason Gaines was charged with possession with intent to sell a schedule II substance. He was taken to the Buncombe County Detention Center, where he was later released on $25,000 bond.

Justin Gaines was found to have several warrants for his arrest related to a Sept. 26, 2020 shooting on Livingston Street.

He faces assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill and inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill, discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and two counts of assault by pointing a gun.

Justin Gaines is currently being held in the detention center on $250,000 bond.

Later, police charged Jason Gaines with Discharging a weapon into occupied property, assault with a deadly weapon, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling a schedule II substance, simple affray, damage to real property, and discharging a firearm within the city limits.

Anyone with information on Jason Gaines’ location is asked to call the Asheville Police Department at 828-252-1110.

Justin Gaines was also charged with Discharging a weapon into occupied property, assault with a deadly weapon, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling a schedule II substance, possession with intent to sell a schedule II substance, simple affray, damage to real property, and discharging a firearm within the city limits.

Police said the shooting on Westmore Drive remains under investigation.

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