OGDEN — Imagine you’re on vacation, visiting friends out of state.
You’re in a bar for a few minutes, until someone tackles you to the ground, and a fight ensues. People are separated, and you’re in the parking lot outside. Then someone comes up behind you and shoots you five times.
This was the story told on the witness stand by a survivor of a downtown Ogden shooting in September 2018. The man was the sole witness to testify during a preliminary hearing Monday afternoon in Ogden.
The Standard-Examiner chose not to identify the victim in this case.
The alleged shooter, 25-year-old Erin Tramale Gaston, was seated just feet from the victim, dressed in a blue jumpsuit from the Weber County Jail. Gaston is charged with five counts of felony discharge of a firearm with serious bodily injury, a first-degree felony; one count of riot, a third-degree felony; and one count of obstructing justice.
The man detailed the days leading up to the shooting, which left him disabled with two bullets lodged in his hip. A day prior to the shooting, he and Gaston were in a verbal argument, but no physical fight came of it. The next day, Sept. 1, 2018, the victim and his friends were in the Kokomo Club on Ogden’s 25th Street when he was tackled into a booth and a fight began.
Security cameras from inside the bar were played during the hearing as evidence, which allegedly showed Gaston throwing a man onto a pool table.
Security guards broke up the fight, the victim said, and he and his friends left the bar for the parking lot to the north. While talking with others outside, the victim said he heard Gaston say “hey” before shots were fired.
The man said he turned to the side once he heard the shots in order to give the shooter a smaller target. When he turned, he told the court he could see Gaston was the one shooting him.
One bullet shattered his right elbow, two others grazed his frontside, and two bullets became lodged in his hip. The man told the court that the bullets are still in his side, as doctors told him it would cause more damage taking them out than leaving them in.
The shooting has left him disabled, he said, as he cannot stand up for more than 15 minutes without his right leg going numb. A replacement bone was placed in his right arm after doctors had to surgically remove the shattered bone fragments.
Video surveillance footage not played in court allegedly shows Gaston walking toward a Chrysler 300 in the rear parking lot of the bar, the affidavit says. Gaston can be seen reaching into the car, grabbing an unknown object and handing the object to another man — Frenchman Davonti Dyer, according to charging documents.
Another camera angle is said to show Dyer raise a handgun and fire three shots, charging documents say.
The victim was the only person called to testify Monday, as Gaston’s preliminary hearing will continue on Feb. 21 in Ogden’s 2nd District Court. Gaston did not enter a plea during the Monday hearing.
Gaston is being held without bail in the Weber County Jail.
Dyer, who appeared in court just prior to Gaston, entered into a plea agreement in connection with the shooting. Dyer pleaded guilty to one count of felony discharge of a firearm with serious bodily injury, a first-degree felony, and one count of riot, a third-degree felony. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 13.
A third man charged in connection with the shooting, 40-year-old DeAngelo Micko Holland, was charged with obstructing justice and riot, both felonies. Holland’s case is ongoing as of Monday evening, and he has a disposition hearing scheduled for Feb. 25 in Ogden’s 2nd District Court.