Update on Shooting in Downtown Boone:
On August 21, 2022, around 1:20 am, a shooting was reported on West King Street in the downtown
area. It appears that a quarrel began between occupants of a truck and at least one pedestrian on the
sidewalk. As the truck was driving westbound on W. King Street in the 600 block, the suspect fired
multiple shots from a handgun striking the occupied truck three times. Two unoccupied businesses were
struck as well. Fortunately, none of the three occupants in the truck were injured. The suspect ran on foot
and eventually returned to Wilkes County where he lives.
The police department released a Crimestoppers alert in an effort to identify the suspect and several
people who were in the immediate area that would have likely witnessed the incident. At this time, all
persons in the earlier release have been identified. Only one person in the images released was the
suspect. All other persons have been interviewed as witnesses.
Investigators with the Boone Police Department have consulted with the Watauga County District
Attorney’s Office to present the evidence. Based on this meeting, arrest warrants have been obtained for
Malik Keyshawn Gibbs, age 26 of Damascus Church Road, Wilkesboro, NC. The warrants are for the
charges of: Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill (3 counts), Discharging a Weapon into a
Moving Vehicle, Injury to Real Property (2 counts), and Going Armed to the Terror of the People. Mr.
Gibbs is considered armed and dangerous.
In addition to charging the shooting suspect, the three occupants of the vehicle have been charged
with Underage Consumption of Alcohol. The names of these individuals are: Jacob Wayne Fox of
Watauga County, age 18, Hunter Grayson Harmon of Watauga County, age 19, and Sabastian Ramsey Best of Ashe County, age 19.
“We are very disappointed that we have experienced another shooting in our Town. As this is an active case, we cannot share all the details that led up to this incident. Obviously it should have never happened. We do have video footage showing the moment where the suspect fired at the victims.
The evidence will be turned over to the District Attorney. We appreciate the cooperation that we received
from the witnesses who were identified in the Crimestoppers release earlier in the week. We are reaching
out to family members of the shooting suspect to try to negotiate a peaceful surrender as he is currently
hiding out. I would like to thank our detectives, Lt. Jon Houck, Sgt. Candace Burlingame, Detective
Dennis O’Neal, and Capt. Bobby Creed, who put in long hours to solve the case. We would also like to
thank the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and App State Police for their response on the evening of the
shooting to help secure the area” Chief Andy Le Beau