GREYHAWK bassist Darin Wall was shot in the leg after confronting the armed individual outside a music venue in Boise, Idaho. The musician “not life-threatening, and after a night in the hospital and a long day of travel, he is safe at home in Seattle, resting and beginning his recovery.”
Ethan Byrd, 26, was reportedly pointing at the crowd from outside the venue and pretending to shoot people with finger guns.
“I don’t know if anyone else saw it,” Wall told KTVB 7. “I got a weird feeling right away. Sometimes you confront really wasted people, or really drunk, they’re really angry and they’re shouting and they’re belligerent. This guy was really cold, I would say.”
Byrd was arrested by Boise police within minutes of the shooting.
Band said in a statement: “Friends,
“As you may have heard, there was an incident after our show at The Shredder in Boise last night. Our bassist Darin was shot in the upper leg while confronting a belligerent armed individual who was threatening concertgoers and band members outside the venue. Darin‘s injury is thankfully not life-threatening, and after a night in the hospital and a long day of travel, he is safe at home in Seattle, resting and beginning his recovery. The shooter is in custody, awaiting arraignment on multiple felony assault charges. We are rattled and exhausted, but grateful to be alive and breathing! If it were not for quick thinking on the part of Darin and others on the scene, it is very possible that lives would have been lost.
“Thanks so much to all of you who have already reached out in support of Darin, and special thanks also to the Boise Police Department, the staff at St. Alphonsus Medical Center, and the community members who stepped up and offered their help.
“We want to emphasize that the shooter was not in attendance at the gig, and as far as we know has no connection to the Boise metal scene. We now know this individual was harassing and threatening people elsewhere in the city earlier in the night, and it seems clear that he was cruising for trouble more or less at random. We won’t let this incident overshadow our overwhelmingly positive experience of this venue and Idaho’s heavy metal community as a whole. We eagerly await the opportunity to return to Boise and rock The Shredder again!
“Love and steel,