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June 6, 2019

Gun allegedly fired during New Baltimore road rage

Damian Patrick Busicchia, 39, of Jeffersonton, allegedly fired a gun from his Audi at another motorist Wednesday afternoon.
A Jeffersonton man faces charges after allegedly firing a gun during a road rage incident Wednesday afternoon near New Baltimore.

“Deputies were dispatched to the area of southbound Lee Highway (Route 29) and Snow Hill Drive on Wednesday afternoon for reports of a driver of a black Audi firing gunshots at a van and causing a traffic crash,” Fauquier sheriff’s Sgt. James Hartman wrote in a press release. “At 3:14 p.m. a lookout was given to sheriff’s deputies, Virginia State Police and Warrenton police for a black Audi A6 being driven by a white male with a beard possessing a handgun.

“The tag number provided for the Audi returned to a Jeffersonton address. A lookout was also given to the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office.”

Meanwhile, officers “located the victim and witnesses on Lee Highway near Snow Hill north of Warrenton,” Sgt. Hartman said. “The victim and witnesses described the Audi cutting off the victim in traffic. The victim expressed a gesture and attempted to take a picture of the Audi, when the driver aimed a handgun out of the window. As the victim and a passenger attempted to take a picture of the Audi, the driver allegedly fired gun shots at the victim. 

“The victim continued to follow the Audi, as they approached the Snow Hill Drive intersection the Audi slammed on the brakes. The victim struck the rear of the Audi and a Penske truck struck the rear of the victim’s vehicle,” the sergeant continued. “The victim and the Penske truck pulled over on the side of Lee Highway and the Audi continued south on Lee Highway toward Warrenton.”

Culpeper deputies spotted the Audi at approximately 3:42 p.m. on Springs Road near Jeffersonton, Sgt. Hartman said. “Nearby Fauquier deputies responded to assist and transported the driver to the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office.”

The Audi driver, Damian Patrick Busicchia, 39, of Jeffersonton, faces charges of shooting a firearm from a vehicle to endanger persons, brandishing a firearm, maliciously shooting at an occupied vehicle, reckless handling of a firearm and hit and run.

Mr. Busicchia remained in the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center without bond Thursday morning.

There were no injuries reported.

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ChickenTenderFarmer · June 9, 2019 at 5:08 pm
I missed his situation unbeknownst to me by mere minutes having left work early and was just ahead of what unfolded. I would ask if this victimhood of the perpetrator would still be spouted if this working wife and mother of two very young children were seriously injured or, god forbid, killed minding her own business getting home to her family and wasn’t involved in the dispute. If he is this disturbed then he better be having a come to Jesus moment and be responsible for his mental health by not putting the rest of us at risk for his irresponsibility. I know just how hard it can be to get a relative mental health help if they refuse it, but we can’t force it most times unless especially egregious behavior is exhibited. It sounds like he is of enough sound mind to realize his actions and consequences, that alone shows he needs to put more forward to helping himself before he does worse.
Jim Griffin · June 9, 2019 at 10:18 am
Heather: "My brother is a victim just as much as the other individuals that were involved in this unfortunate series of events ... that is a fact ..."

Please explain this. I am interested in your explanation; It is not apparent. After all, he perpetrated a serious felony by your own admission, one that involved lethal force.

How was your brother a victim just as much as the other individuals involved? How is that a fact?
DonkeyFarmer · June 8, 2019 at 3:20 pm
Heather, to be fair this article was about someone shooting a gun at another person on a highway. Why would the author of this article write about his service or his mental background? So we commented on what was in the article. Someone who shoots from a car is endangering many lives. My wife and kids are on that highway that time of day. He could have killed some kid sitting in a car seat. That being said, he seemed to lead an honorable life up until recently. I hope he gets the help he needs and I hope he longer has access to firearms.
Mark House · June 8, 2019 at 9:53 am
Heatherbusicchia - As you might have noticed, I did not call your brother a monster, or scumbag, or idiot. It was a lucky thing that he didn't kill anyone, the charges would have be much worse.

That being said, you might want to reconsider making comments on a public message board in a case which has yet to be adjudicated. When this goes to trial, whether with a conviction by jury or judge, your comments might be brought up as evidence. Be careful what you say.........
Heatherbusicchia · June 8, 2019 at 9:01 am
@Mark House, I never disagreed with you. My brother deeply regrets what happened and is extremely ashamed, embarrassed, and saddened by his actions. However he is not in a good place as far as his mental health is concerned and although he should have sought out additional help and support before this happened, luckily no obe was injured and he is now taking the steps he needs to take to in order to sort out his personal demons and get the mental health treatment he very obviously desperately needs. Remarking on his status has a veteran who suffers from PTSD was not a cop out or an excuse, I was merely trying to provide some more dimension to this very one-sided article which did not accurately paint a portrait of who he is ad an individual, or explain the circumstances behind the breakdown of his better judgment. I'm not asking anyone to give him a free pass, I only asked that people be respectful toward him and our family or, if they do not possess that sort of self-control, to please not comment on this incident at all (or at the very least in such a public manner.) My brother is a victim just as much as the other individuals that were involved in this unfortunate series of events although I understand that as an outsider with no other information other than what was presented in this article, that is a fact easily forgotten in favor of looking at him as if he is a monster.
ALRIGHTYTHEN · June 8, 2019 at 9:01 am
Sounds like this guy needs some serious help!
Mark House · June 8, 2019 at 8:13 am
"Elliot Ackerman served five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He sees the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East as "all one war" and explains why that's particularly tough on his generation of veterans."

This former soldier picked up a pen not a gun. It's the choices that you make in life that define your life.
Heatherbusicchia · June 7, 2019 at 11:45 pm
This "scumbag" put his life on the line day in and day out for ungrateful, ignorant people like the ones whose comments I just suffered through reading. This "scumbag" is a veteran of the United States Army and a combat veteran that served in the Iraq-Afghanistan War
He suffered greatly to keep the rest of us safe and ensure our continued freedom and liberty, but this story doesn't mention that. All it does is paint him to look like a psychopath, which he is not. He is a father, a husband, a son, a brother, and an uncle. Yes he made a terrible decision and potentially endangered others but he was not himself at the time of this incident. I have known this "scumbag" since the day I was born but the man pictured in this mugshot is a stranger to me. He needs help and guidance, he does not need to be shamed or ridiculed. People are so eager to point a finger and laugh at others during their low points, and it saddens me that this is what our society has become. Show some respect for a man that fought on our behalf so we didn't have to, and unless you have something positive or productive to add to the conversation consider remaining on the sidelines - in silence. How would you feel if this was your loved one?
Rover 530 · June 7, 2019 at 6:02 pm
At least they caught the scumbag. We don't need hotheads like him on the roads. We all enjoy our rights under the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but those rights do not allow shooting at innocent people on a public road.
Cammie Rodgers · June 7, 2019 at 11:51 am
AngryBob - Exactly my point in posting what I did. This man was wrong in his actions, but who said that we are immune from the insanity that is happening in our country because we are law abiding citizens.
AngryBob · June 7, 2019 at 10:44 am
Well that escalated quickly.
Cammie Rodgers · June 6, 2019 at 6:13 pm
Payton Millwork - you are assuming I'm female. LOLOLOL.
Cammie Rodgers · June 6, 2019 at 4:49 pm
Spiritual Warfare - What makes you think that Cammie is my real name, silly you!
Cammie Rodgers · June 6, 2019 at 4:42 pm
Spiritual Warfare - What would Jesus do?
Cammie Rodgers · June 6, 2019 at 4:40 pm
DonkeyFarmer - I did NOT say one word about the POTUS in this post, you are projecting and assuming.
Cammie Rodgers · June 6, 2019 at 4:38 pm
LOL, my comment worked as planned. I knew it wouldn't be long before the "defenders of gun rights" would be out. Thanks for the entertainment ya'all. (P.S. DonkeyFarmer this is my hobby when I'm waiting to get my car serviced, it never fails to provide great insight into the members of our community.)

".....not the innocent people who simply want to defend themselves." They may be innocent of gun crimes, yet I bet my ire that they are guilty of something else, just haven't been caught.
RGLJA · June 6, 2019 at 3:54 pm
I'm a strong defender of our 2nd Amendment rights, and also a strong proponent of locking up nutcases like this one. Focus your ire on the criminal... not the innocent people who simply want to defend themselves.
DonkeyFarmer · June 6, 2019 at 3:07 pm
Cammie Rodgers, any of The Bill Of Rights can be abused. This man abused his right to own a gun and will be dealt with. People kill with knives, vehicles, poison, bombs... whatever. It's not the object it is the person that is the nutcase. You seem to have a real problem with Republicans and Trump. It's like that is all that is on your mind by the postings here. You really should get a hobby.
stadlerm · June 6, 2019 at 2:57 pm
Cammie Rodgers, don't lump this idiot in with all the lawful and respectful gun owners. This guy obviously is not right in the head and has mental issues. I'm glad nobody was hurt. He'll be going away for a while and lose his privilege to own a firearm.
Cammie Rodgers · June 6, 2019 at 2:09 pm
Yep, 2nd Amendment right to bear arms to shoot people who flip you off, good planning from the Founding Fathers and upheld by the GOP.
AngryBob · June 6, 2019 at 1:05 pm
Those are felonies, dude. You're going to prison. And no more guns when you get out!

Was it worth it? If somebody flips you the bird, let it slide.
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