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Prosecutors: Winlock park shooter grew tired of ex-girlfriend disrespecting gang

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CHEHALIS – The 20-year-old who grew up in Winlock is being held on $500,000 bail, accused of leaning into the bushes and taking aim with a pistol – from some 50 feet away – at his former girlfriend as she sat alone next to a stream in the woods.

Shyann Gallimore, also 20, was struck in the back with what authorities believe was a 22 caliber bullet.

But it could be as long as two weeks before the round is removed, and examined.

“It ricocheted off something, and lodged in my shoulder,” Gallimore said yesterday.

The young woman was taken by a friend to Providence Centralia Hospital where she was treated and sent home the same night. Gallimore is home in Winlock, where she lives with friends she said are taking care of her.


The incident took place on the outskirts of Winolequa Park in the South Lewis County community. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said it happened about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

“This is a safety issue,” Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh said as she addressed bail for the suspect yesterday afternoon.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey agreed the amount was appropriate.

The sheriff’s office reported the suspect had threatened violence before against the victim and made reference to an ongoing dispute.

Prosecutors in charging documents allege the suspect told deputies he had become tired of Gallimore disrespecting the “Juggalo family.”

Joseph M. Lowery is charged with attempted first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say he and a 16-year-old boy who was with him that evening admitted they are members of the Juggalo gang. And that on a previous occasion, Lowery had allegedly told the teen if he ever saw Gallimore in “his” woods, he would shoot her.

And that he would “put it on the hatchet,” a Juggalo term meaning promise, according to prosecutors.

Juggalo is a name used by fans of performance artists called the Insane Clown Posse. Federal law enforcement agencies identified Juggalos as a non-traditional type gang in 2011.

Whatever exactly the reason for the weekend shooting, temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke alluded to another possibility yesterday afternoon when the suspect was given a court appointed attorney.

“I suspect Mr. Arcuri will be asking for a mental health evaluation,” O’Rourke told the judge.

His mother was among those in the courtroom, to support him, O’Rourke said. And he has absolutely no criminal history, she said.

The sheriff’s office and charging documents give the following account of what took place:

Gallimore was at a mutual friend’s home on Limmer Road earlier on Saturday, and when she learned Lowery was headed there, she called a friend to pick her up near Winolequa Park to make sure she didn’t walk home alone. Gallimore was afraid of Lowery.

She walked to a trail leading to the park and was sitting down and on the phone with the friend when she heard a pop, felt pain in her back, reached around to touch and then found blood on her hand.

The friend, who Gallimore said is a roommate and like a little brother to her, took her to the hospital. That’s where deputies responded to learn what happened.

An X-ray revealed an object in her back consistent with a .22 caliber round. An injury near the middle of her back is consistent with a bullet wound.

When deputies located the 16-year-old later that night at a residence on Sears Road, he told them he and Lowery knew Gallimore was at Limmer Road and were on their way there, but as they got to the park, Lowery asked him for the .22 revolver in his backpack.

They went into the woods and as they walked up the trail they saw her, sitting next to the stream. The teen said Lowery told him to keep walking, and then Lowery leaned into the bushes and aimed the gun.

The teen said he heard a pop, he heard Gallimore yelling, and they ran away up a trail.

The 16-year-old, who also lives in Winlock, was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center and yesterday, Judge Brosey found probable cause to hold him, as prosecutors requested, as an accomplice in the crime of attempted first-degree murder.

His bail was also was set at $500,000.

Prosecutors wanted more time to make a final decision, but the nature of the proposed potential charge, a class A felony, made it automatic the 16-year-old be handled in adult court, according to Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher.

However, today, Meagher said further review of the case indicated the more appropriate charges for the teen were only second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and tampering with evidence. And prosecutors decided not to charge him as an adult.

The charges were filed today.

The 16-year-old, who had been moved to the Lewis County Jail, went before Judge Brosey once again this afternoon, for a juvenile detention hearing.

Deputy Prosecutor Joel DeFazio and a juvenile probation officer urged the judge to continue to hold the teen until his arraignment.

A major concern is the gun has not been recovered, Judge Brosey was told.

The teen was to be sent back to the juvenile detention following the hearing. Court appointed attorney Shane O’Rourke is representing him

The teen’s arraignment is Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Lowery’s arraignment is Thursday at 10:40 a.m.

For background, read “Sheriff’s Office: Winlock woman shot in back in park by ex, survives” from Monday July 20, 2015, here


Winlock Suspect Tells Police He Shot Ex After Disrespect of Juggalo Gang


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A 20-year-old Winlock man and a 16-year-old Centralia boy are being held on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman was shot in the back at 6:30 p.m. Saturday near Winolequa Park in Winlock.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joseph M. Lowery, 20, of Winlock, and a 16-year-old Centralia boy on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder.

Lowery later told police he shot the woman, his ex-girlfriend, because she disrespected “the Juggalo family.”

The term “Juggalo” primarily refers to fans of the music group Insane Clown Posse. Law enforcement agencies consider some Juggalo organizations to be gangs.

The 20-year-old victim was talking to a friend on her cell phone when she was shot. The same friend picked her up after the shooting and took her to Providence Centralia Hospital, where she was treated and released.

Lowery and the teen made their first appearances in Lewis County Superior Court Monday.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh asked for $1 million bail for Lowery.

“She was sitting alone. She was shot from a distance. It was a premeditated act,” Beigh said. “There’s a huge safety issue here.”

Beigh noted that Lowery is a self-professed member of a Juggalos gang.

“I don’t know of a greater risk to community safety than a person who’s going to shoot an unarmed person in the back,” she said.

Judge Richard Brosey ordered Lowery held on $500,000 bail. His next court hearing is at 10:40 a.m. Thursday.

Brosey also ordered the teen held in the Lewis County Jail on $500,000 bail. The prosecutor’s office has not yet filed formal charges against the 16-year-old. Brosey granted the prosecution’s request to hold him without charges, saying prosecutors have probable cause to charge him on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder.

Prosecutors are determining whether to charge the teen as an adult. He is scheduled to appear in court at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

On the day of the shooting, the victim was at a mutual friend’s house on Limmer Road in Winlock when she learned Lowery was on his way over, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

She left the residence, and called her friend to come pick her up from the woods in the park.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the 16-year-old allegedly went with Lowery, handed him the gun, and watched him shoot the woman.

Deputies arrested the boy at midnight Saturday at a residence on Sears Road. He was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder. According to court documents, he told detectives he was also a member of the Juggalo gang, and admitted to having the gun in his possession when arrested. The teen told detectives Lowery had previously threatened to shoot the woman.

Deputies arrested Lowery on Sunday behind his residence in the 200 block of Northwest Arden Street in Winlock.

When Shaggy 2 Dope goes to prison – will his juggalo prison gang homeys back him up ?



The juggalo gang has been reported 97 times in 88 different locations and correctional facilities across North America. These locations are listed below and shown on the map.
California State Prison, Corcoran (facility/institution)
AKRON, OH (Region | 44308)
ALABASTER, AL (Region | 35007)
ALAMOGORDO, NM (Region | 88310)
ALAMOSA, CO (Region | 81101)
AMARILLO, TX (Region | 79101)
ATASCADERO, CA (Region | 93422)
BANDERA, TX (Region | 78003)
BEARDSTOWN, IL (Region | 62618)
BEDFORD, VA (Region | 24523)
BLUE SPRINGS, MO (Region | 64015)
Boone, AR (Region | 72601)
Calhoun County Jail (facility/institution)
CLARKSVILLE, AR (Region | 72830)
COFFEE, AL (Region | 36351)
CROSSVILLE, TN (Region | 38555)
DE FUNIAK SPRINGS, FL (Region | 32433)
DEVINE, TX (Region | 78016)
DULUTH, MN (Region | 55802)
EASLEY, SC (Region | 29641)
EMMETT, ID (Region | 83617)
FARMINGTON, NM (Region | 87401)
Ferndale, WA (Region | 98248)
Florence, NJ (Region | 8518)
FRANKLIN, KS (Region | 66067)
GASTONIA, NC (Region | 28053)
GRANTS PASS, OR (Region | 97526)
GREENWOOD, SC (Region | 29646)
HANCOCK, IN (Region | 46140)
HARFORD, MD (Region | 21014)
HELLERTOWN, PA (Region | 18055)
HOBBS, NM (Region | 88240)
HOPEWELL, VA (Region | 23860)
HOPKINSVILLE, KY (Region | 42240)
HURRICANE, UT (Region | 84737)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Region | 46204)
JAMESTOWN, NY (Region | 14701)
JEFFERSON, CO (Region | 80401)
KINGSBURG, CA (Region | 93631)
Kittery, ME (Region | 3904)
LAKE, FL (Region | 32778)
LAMAR, CO (Region | 81052)
LEOMINSTER, MA (Region | 1453)
MARION, IL (Region | 62959)
Marlton, NJ (Region | 8053)
Millsboro, DE (Region | 19966)
Minnesota Correctional Facility – Stillwater (facility/institution)
Moberly Correctional Center (facility/institution)
NASHVILLE, TN (Region | 37201)
NEW BRAUNFELS, TX (Region | 78130)
NEW LONDON, WI (Region | 54961)
NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Region | 14302)
Noble Correctional Institution (facility/institution)
NORTH SALT LAKE, UT (Region | 84054)
NORTHGLENN, CO (Region | 80233)
OCEANA, WV (Region | 24870)
Onondaga County Jail (facility/institution)
Ouachita, AR (Region | 71711)
PICO RIVERA, CA (Region | 91754)
PITTSTON TOWNSHIP, PA (Region | 18640)
PORTLAND, OR (Region | 97204)
PORTSMOUTH, OH (Region | 45662)
RANDOLPH, NC (Region | 27205)
REDDING, CA (Region | 96001)
ROCHESTER, NY (Region | 14614)
ROCKPORT, TX (Region | 78382)
SALINA, KS (Region | 67401)
SALISBURY, MD (Region | 21801)
SALISBURY, NC (Region | 28145)
SAN MARCOS, TX (Region | 78666)
SANTA ROSA, FL (Region | 32572)
SHEBOYGAN, WI (Region | 53081)
SIERRA VISTA, AZ (Region | 85635)
SLIDELL, LA (Region | 70458)
SOUTHAVEN, MS (Region | 38671)
SP: HUNTINGDON COUNTY, PA (Region | 16652)
ST. LOUIS, MO (Region | 63103)
STAPLES, MN (Region | 56479)
STEUBEN, NY (Region | 14810)
STREATOR, IL (Region | 61364)
SUSANVILLE, CA (Region | 96130)
THOMSON, IL (Region | 61285)
TULSA, OK (Region | 74103)
WENATCHEE, WA (Region | 98807)
WILLITS, CA (Region | 95490)
WINTERVILLE, GA (Region | 30683)
WYOMING, MI (Region | 49509)
YORBA LINDA, CA (Region | 92821)

Shaggy 2 dope – juggalo gang facing jail time – Feds try to unmask finances of Insane Clown Posse star

Detroit — Joey “Shaggy 2 Dope” Utsler, co-founder of infamous Detroit rap duo Insane Clown Posse, is dodging attempts by the Internal Revenue Service to collect taxes, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office asked a federal judge to force Utsler to produce financial records after ignoring or delaying attempts to determine how much he owes for 2011 and 2012, according to federal court records. The IRS says Utsler and fellow Insane Clown Posse rapper Joe “Violent J” Bruce owe a combined $379,783 in delinquent federal income taxes, records show.

The dispute is the latest federal entanglement for Utsler, and along with court records offers a peek inside the finances of a controversial group whose fans have been branded a gang by the FBI. The FBI labeled the group’s fans, known as Juggalos, a “loosely organized hybrid gang” in a 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment report.

“This could lead to incarceration, no doubt about it, if he doesn’t come through with the information,” said Farmington Hills tax lawyer and former IRS agent Jerry Abraham, who is not involved in the case.

The petition comes one week before Insane Clown Posse holds its annual Gathering of the Juggalos fan fest near Columbus, Ohio.

“The timing is interesting,” Abraham said. “The IRS right now has very precious and little resources and they want a little to go a long way. Clearly, they’re trying to get some publicity.”

An Insane Clown Posse spokesman declined comment Wednesday because he had not seen the court filing. Utsler, 40, of Davisburg also could not be reached Wednesday.

This isn’t the first time the IRS has targeted Utsler.

The IRS accused Utsler of owing $162,417 in delinquent taxes on April 21, 2014, according to the Oakland County Register of Deeds.

The same day, the IRS slapped a $217,366 tax lien on Bruce, 43, of Farmington Hills, according to Oakland County records.

Both rappers allegedly owe delinquent federal income taxes from 2011 and 2012, according to copies of the tax liens obtained by The News.

The latest IRS dispute dates to early March 2015. That’s when an IRS revenue officer sent a summons to Utsler. He was directed to bring his financial records to her office on March 31 so the IRS could investigate his tax liability for the years 2011 and 2012.

He never showed up, according to court records.

The IRS gave him one last chance. Again, Utsler never showed up for the May 19 meeting, according to court records.

The next day, his lawyer Marvin Karana asked for a one-week extension. The IRS agreed, but Utsler failed to comply with the May 27 deadline, according to the petition.

In June, his lawyer asked for another extension. The IRS refused.

“I no longer represent Mr. Utsler,” Karana told The News on Wednesday. “I don’t want to comment. It’s pretty much confidential information.”

The tax spat surfaced one month after an appeals court in Cincinnati heard arguments over the FBI gang designation. The case went to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a Detroit federal judge said the U.S. Justice Department isn’t responsible for how authorities use a national report on gangs.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan says the free speech and due process rights of Insane Clown Posse and its fans are being violated.


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Several U.S. Army recruits, who also happen to be fans of the rap group Insane Clown Posse, are suing the Federal Bureau of Investigations over the classification of the “Juggalo” fan base as a “hybrid gang.”

Sgt. Robert Hellin, who has multiple Juggalo tattoos, claims that his musical taste “places him in imminent danger of suffering discipline or discharge from the military.”

Another plaintiff, Scott Gandy, claims that he was unable to join the Army because of his love of Insane Clown Posse.

ICP rappers Joseph “Violent J” Bruce and Joseph “Shaggy 2 Dope” Utsler are also plaintiffs in this case, which is being backed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.

The issue at hand is whether an FBI report from 2011, “National Gang Threat Assessment: Emerging Trends,” unfairly characterizes Juggalos as criminals.

“The Juggalos, a loosely-organized hybrid gang, are rapidly expanding into many U.S. communities. Although only recognized as a gang in four states, many Juggalo subsets exhibit gang-like behavior and engage in criminal activity and violence,” the FBI report said.

When the rap duo first filed the lawsuit, they issued a statement condemning the FBI’s characterization of their fan base.

“There has never been—and never will be—a music fan base quite like the Juggalos,” the statement read. “While it is easy to fear what one does not understand, discrimination and bigotry against any group of people is plain wrong and un-American.”

“The Juggalos are fighting for the basic American right to freely express who they are, to gather and share their appreciation of music, and to discuss issues that are important to them without fear of being targeted and harassed by police,” ACLU Michigan attorney Michael J. Steinberg said in a statement of his own.

Juggalo supporters argue that the group itself is merely a music appreciation group, not a gang engaged in criminal activity.

“There is no data to support a broad-ranging finding that this group is engaged in criminal activity, because they’re not. Their primary purpose is to be music fans, and the vast majority are law-abiding people,” Saura Sahu, a lawyer defending the plaintiffs, said.

She also characterized Army rules about Juggalo recruits “erroneous blacklisting.”

The FBI, however, argued that they never characterized all Juggalos as gang members.

“FBI nowhere stated that all Juggalos are criminals, or all Juggalos are gang members,” Justice Department lawyer Lindsay Powell said in court.

2 Juggalo gang members plead guilty in Eastern Shore murder attempt

HEBRON, Md. — Both of the men charged in the attack of a fellow Insane Clown Posse follower in the Hebron area have now pleaded guilty.

Paul Hurst, 33, of Hebron pleaded guilty on Friday to attempted first-degree murder in the Aug. 4 incident, which according to a statement of facts included the beating, burning, cutting and stomping of Zach Swanson, 31.

This follows a guilty plea to attempted first-degree murder by the co-defendant, Cary Edwards, 36, of Hebron, last month.

Hurst is scheduled to be sentenced on April 30, and Edwards also hasn’t been sentenced yet.

For Hurst, the state will recommend a sentence of 40 years of active time, with the remainder of a life sentence suspended, said Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matt Maciarello. The defense can argue for less, said Hurst’s attorney, Kelley McFadden.

Among Swanson’s injuries were cuts and bruises, burns, internal bleeding, fractured ribs and a lacerated spleen and liver, Maciarello said. He also had to have an arm amputation, Maciarello said.

The assault lasted from about dusk on Aug. 3 to the early morning of Aug. 4, Maciarello said. At around dusk Aug. 4, Hurst and Edwards confronted Swanson about him being disrespectful to Tabitha Schwartz, another resident of the home they all lived in.

Cary Edwards (Photo: .)
Hurst and Edwards had tried to remove a tattoo from Swanson at the suggestion of a man who Schwartz had on speakerphone, “ostensibly because he was neglectful of his Juggalo family,” Maciarello said.

Juggalos is the name for followers of the Insane Clown Posse music duo. The FBI has referred to Juggalos as a “loosely-organized hybrid gang,” according to its 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment.

During the assault, Maciarello said Hurst and Edwards had hit Swanson with a stick and shovel, tried to cut the tattoo off and then Hurst got lighter fluid and poured it on Swanson’s arm. Edwards also urinated on Swanson, Maciarello said.

Schwartz would have testified about the household’s frustration with Swanson, he said.

At Edwards’ hearing, Maciarello said the state would be recommending a sentence of 30 years of active time with the remainder of a life sentence suspended for Edwards. He said Hurst stood to receive a longer active sentence due to several factors, including the state’s assessment of who was more culpable.

McFadden didn’t want to comment at this time.

Man pleads guilty in Juggalo-related attempted murder

One of the Insane Clown Posse followers charged in a beating, stomping and burning of a fellow Juggalo outside a Hebron-area home pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder Friday.

Cary Edwards, 36, of Hebron entered the plea in the August incident that included trying to remove a hatchet man tattoo –– associated with Juggalos, followers of the Insane Clown Posse hip-hop duo –– from Zach Swanson, 31.

Paul Hurst, 33, of Hebron is also charged with first-degree attempted murder and related charges in the incident, and has a trial set for April 7 and 8 in Wicomico County Circuit Court. Hurst and Edwards were living in the same home as Swanson at 7290 Rockawalkin Road.

Sheriff Mike Lewis said in August both the suspects and the victim are Juggalos.

The assault lasted from about dusk Aug. 3 to about 4:30 or 5:30 a.m. Aug. 4, Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matt Maciarello said Friday.

Under Edwards’ plea, Maciarello said the state will recommend a sentence of 30 years with the remainder of a life sentence suspended, and 5 years of supervised probation for him. However, the court can impose a higher or lower sentence.

Edwards will also have to testify truthfully at Hurst’s trial, Maciarello said; Edwards’ sentencing was postponed until after that happens.

Edwards’ attorney, Assistant Public Defender David Owen Weck, said Edwards recognizes how what he did impacted ongoing pain for Swanson.

“He thought it was the right thing to do to take responsibility for his actions,” Weck said of Edwards.

Maciarello said at about 6:45 a.m. Aug. 4, a Wicomico County sheriff’s deputy responded to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where Swanson had been brought with injuries including cuts and bruises, black around his eyes, a broken nose, internal bleeding, burns, broken ribs and a lacerated spleen and liver. One of Swanson’s arms later had to be amputated as a result of the assault.

He’d been brought to the hospital by Edwards and another resident of the home, Samuel Schwartz, Maciarello said.

At about dusk on Aug. 3, Edwards and Hurst confronted Swanson about disrespecting Tabitha Schwartz, who also lived in the home, Maciarello said a trial would have revealed. Testimony would reveal members of the household were also mad at Swanson in connection with household chores, he said.

A shovel, lighter fluid and other items were used during the assault, and Edwards also urinated on Swanson, Maciarello said. Charging documents stated Edwards and Hurst had tried to cut the tattoo from Swanson’s arm.


Juggalos at it again – Insane Clown Posse-Masked Intruder Beats Fort Smith Man With Baseball Bat

FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A Fort Smith man was hospitalized after an intruder in an Insane Clown Posse mask broke into his home and beat him with a baseball bat, according to a police incident report.

The victim told police he was in bed at his home Sunday night on Jenny Lind Road when he heard the front door shut. When he went to investigate, he came face-to-face with a man wearing dark pants, an Under Armor shirt, dark gloves and an Insane Clown Posse Mask, according to the report.

(See the accompanying image of a general Insane Clown Posse makeup job, courtesy of CNN)

Police said the suspect began beating the victim with an aluminum baseball bat while the victim yelled, “Why are you doing this!?” and, “What did I do wrong!?”

The victim said he moved into the home about five weeks ago.

Insane Clown Posse are a Detroit-based music duo whose fans have recently been categorized by the FBI as a gang.

The Insane Clown Posse-masked intruder struck the victim on the back of the head and said, “Consider this a warning,” before leaving the home.

The victim said he called his father, who took him to Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith. He had minor injuries to his chin, face, head and elbow, police said.

Police said the victim believes the suspect had a key because there is no sign of a forced entry into the home. The victim said his girlfriend is the only person he knows of who has a key to his place.

Nicholas Damon, Self-Described Juggalo, Wanted for Assaulting Cops and More

A Facebook photo shows Nicholas Damon wearing a Juggalo T-shirt. More images below.

Juggalos — fans of the group Insane Clown Posse — have long decried attempts to portray them as violent. But amid their ongoing efforts to establish a new reputation, self-described Juggalo Nicholas Damon is on the run, wanted for a slew of felonies, including assaulting a police officer. Photos and details below.

See also: Juggalos Fight Back: Insane Clown Posse Fans in Colorado and Beyond Claim Discrimination

Most of the content on Damon’s Facebook page is private. However, his “Work” item reads: “Being a Juggalo isn’t to be ‘cool.’ Being a Juggalo is all about family.”

In addition, the majority of Damon’s photos show him wearing or showing off Juggalo gear. Here’s one example….


…and another….


…in addition to this more standard portrait:


As for the latest incident, the Commerce City Police Department reveals that it took place at about 10:15 p.m. on Friday, January 24, on the 6600 block of Monaco Street, an area seen in the following Google Maps screen capture.

Google Maps

At that time, a CCPD officer pulled Damon over for a traffic violation — and he discovered that a misdemeanor warrant had been issued in Damon’s name.

At that point, the original officer and a second cop called to assist attempted to put Damon in custody. But instead, Damon allegedly backed into the patrol car, resulting in some damage to the cruiser and minor injuries to the pair of law enforcers, before taking off, with the officers in pursuit.

Damon made it to the 8200 block of Interstate 76, seen in another Google Maps screen capture….

Google Maps

…before crashing his car and fleeing on foot. And he fled pretty damn well: The officers have been unable to locate him since then.

Now, the CCPD reveals, a new felony warrant has been issued for Damon. The charges listed include first-degree assault on a peace officer, felony menacing, resisting arrest, vehicular eluding and hit-and-run.

Anyone with information about Damon’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Commerce City Police Department tip line at 303-289-3626. Here’s a look at a recent Damon booking photo.