GOSHEN — An arrest has been made in a non-fatal shooting Tuesday at a Goshen auto body shop.
Dylan Holt, 23, of Goshen, faces multiple charges after allegedly shooting a man in the knee around 2 a.m. Tuesday. The victim picked Holt out of a photo lineup and indicated his attacker had a particular injury to his finger, which matched a cut on Holt’s hand.
Holt is charged with battery with a deadly weapon and carrying a handgun without a license, both Level 5 felonies. He is also charged with the Level 6 felonies of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, pointing a firearm at another person and theft of a firearm.
He was booked in the Elkhart County Correctional Facility on $10,000 bond. His initial court hearing was set for Friday.
Each Level 5 felony carries a potential punishment of up to six years in prison and each Level 6 felony is punishable by up to 2-1/2 years.
According to court documents:
Goshen Police responded to Indiana Paint and Collision, 416 N. Main St., for a report of a shooting. The 29-year-old victim, who had a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the knee, insisted on making a statement to police before seeking medical help.
He said a female witness was having an argument with a man she called Marshall, who had showed up intoxicated and was asked to leave. The man, who the victim identified in a photo lineup as Holt, later returned and said the woman had something of his.
The victim told Holt to leave again, and Holt allegedly responded, “Man, you don’t want to come at me like that.” He told Holt that he wasn’t looking to fight, then Holt pulled out a handgun, cocked it and put it to the victim’s face.
The victim said he thought the gun was a toy until he touched it and realized it was metal. He gripped the gun with his hand, pushed down on it and started to walk Holt backwards, which is when the gun went off.
The bullet grazed the victim’s knee. He went back into the shop to grab his phone and Holt fled the scene.
The female witness and the victim both told officers about a severe cut the shooter had on his hand. The woman said he got it while moving a recliner, which folded and slammed down on his finger “like a scissor.”
She also said she believed Holt had taken the gun from his father. Goshen police had recently taken a report from Holt’s father about a gun and a computer being stolen from his home.
Holt’s mother later contacted police, saying she received a text from him in which he stated, “I don’t know what happened. I have the gun and the laptop ... I think I shot someone.”
Police found Holt at an Elkhart hotel and arrested him. He denied any involvement in the incident and said he had no access to guns.
He did have a deep cut to his finger, which he said he got from helping someone move a recliner.