Reported Gunfire near First Baptist Church in Boone

William Burl Baker, Jr.
July 6, 2021
Wednesday, July 7th
July 6, 2021

Reported Gunfire near First Baptist Church in Boone




Reported Gunfire near First Baptist Church in Boone


Boone, NC – On Saturday, July 3, 2021, at 10:04 a.m., Boone Patrol Officers responded to the 300 block of W. King Street, near the area of First Baptist Church for reported gunfire.   Numerous 911 calls indicated that a male, operating a white Toyota pickup traveling west, was firing randomly from the vehicle.  Officers conducted a traffic stop on W. King Street just prior to the intersection of N. Water Street.  The suspect surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident.


A total of two vehicles were struck during the incident.  A passenger in one of the two vehicles was grazed by one of the rounds and transported to Watauga Medical Center, via Watauga Medics with non-life threatening injuries.  That victim was released earlier this afternoon and will be interviewed by investigators regarding the matter.


The areas of W. King Street that were closed earlier are now reopened to all traffic, vehicular and pedestrian.  The following person has been charged;


Joseph James Navarette

W/M 24 years of age

240 Locklear St.

Mount Airy, NC


Mr. Navarette was charged with two counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle and one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.  He is being held under a $1,000,000 secured bond and has an August 13, 2021 court date.




The Boone Police would like to thank the Appalachian State University Police Department, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, Boone Fire Department, Watauga Medics, State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), Watauga County Emergency Management who assisted with the incident and to the citizens and visitors of Boone for their patience and support.  The investigation is on-going and if any updates are needed, they will be released at a later date.