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Attempted murder charge in alleged US tattoo war

August 7, 2013

COQUILLE, Oregon (AP) — The owner of an Oregon tattoo shop is accused of trying to shoot the owner of another tattoo parlor to eliminate his competition in the coastal town.

Bay Area Ink owner David Edgar Wonnacott was arraigned Monday in court on charges of attempted murder, assault and being a felon in possession of a gun.

Court papers say he assaulted Flying Chicken Tattoo owner Brian Graham on July 31 as Graham drove up to his shop. Graham told police that Wonnacott pointed a gun at him and said, “You’re in the wrong town.”

Court papers say the gun apparently jammed but Wonnacott hit Graham’s head with the butt of the weapon, drawing blood.

The World reports Wonnacott fled and was arrested the next day in Eugene. He’s held on $250,000 bail.

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Information from: The World, http://www.theworldlink.com

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