The man who fired at two women last week until the gun was empty told police he didn’t intend to hurt his ex-girlfriend.

The women said he told them “You’re going to die.”

Joshua Asher, 30, of Lucas Hollow Road, has been charged with two counts each of attempted murder, Level 1 felonies, and aggravated battery, Level 3 felonies.

He also faces a fifth felony, torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal, related to a dog that was shot in the leg, and two misdemeanors, domestic battery and invasion of privacy.

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According to a probable cause affidavit from Brown County Sheriff Scott Southerland, Asher shot his ex-girlfriend, Angel Mack, in her right thigh and foot.

Nicole Hillen, a friend of Mack’s, sustained a surface gunshot wound to the chest, Southerland said.

Both women were taken to area hospitals in stable condition.

Asher and Mack were tenants of the home on Lucas Hollow Road where the incident occurred Aug. 23. Their landlord, Dale Reed, had begun eviction proceedings.

Asher told officers that he believed Mack was seeing another man.

He said he went to the home on Lucas Hollow Road and hid by the creek across the drive.

When he saw Mack and Hillen pull up in a van, he said he fired one shot to “let them know he was there,” then continued to fire as he came toward them.

Asher said he did not stop until he ran out of bullets.

He said he did not intend to hurt Mack.

Hillen told police that Asher said, “You’re going to die,” before pointing the gun at her chest and firing. He then continued past her, firing at Mack, who was at the front door of the house.

Mack told police that Asher also told her she was was going to die, saying, “I’m done,” once the gun was empty.

Reed, who is also a neighbor, told police he heard gunshots, then saw Asher walking down Lucas Hollow. Reed said Asher walked up, hugged him and handed him a 9mm handgun.

Lt. Mike Moore reported seeing a box at the scene that matched the handgun Asher gave to Reed.

Asher told Reed he intended to walk down the road and give up, the report said.

Another resident of Lucas Hollow, James Minton, told officers he heard gunshots and later saw Asher walking away from the house. Asher told him he had shot two people, the report said.

When officers reached Asher, he kneeled and put his hands on his head.

Asher told police he knew what he did was wrong and that a friend had tried to talk him out of doing it before he went to the home.

Police had been called to the house at least three times the previous weekend, for complaints of a verbal domestic dispute, harassment and a disturbance, according to the sheriff’s log.

Southerland’s report says Asher was the victim in a domestic battery investigation involving Mack. Mack was booked into the Brown County jail Aug. 19 on a domestic battery charge; she posted bond Aug. 21.

Two sheriff’s deputies also were dispatched to the home around midnight Aug. 23 for a disturbance and left after about 30 minutes, according to the sheriff’s log.

An hour later, Asher was served a protective order, the sheriff’s department said; Mack was the protected person.

Online court records show Asher has a criminal history in Jackson and Decatur counties, pleading guilty to 2010 and 2011 cases of domestic battery and criminal recklessness.

If convicted of all seven of the recent charges, Asher could face between 20 and 116 years in prison and up to $60,000 in fines.

During a hearing Aug. 24, Asher told Brown Circuit Court Magistrate Frank Nardi that he had between $5,000 and $7,000 in total assets. He requested a court-appointed attorney and was assigned Jacob Moore.

He is being held in the Brown County jail on $2 million bond. His next court appearance will be Oct. 26.

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Ben Kibbey is a Brown County transplant from the cornfields of central Ohio. He covers county government, business, outdoors, sports and general news.