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November 6, 2019

All four suspects arrested after Walmart shooting

Police by early Wednesday morning arrested all four suspects in a shooting that wounded two people Tuesday night in the Warrenton Walmart parking.

The four males — two adults and two juveniles — fled the shooting scene in a white Accura sedan just after 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to Fauquier sheriff’s Sgt. James Hartman.

That car later crashed at Elk Run and Ritchie Roads near Midland as a huge manhunt — including two police helicopters, tracking dogs and drones, closed in on the suspects, Sgt. Hartman said.

Authorities quickly arrested two of the suspects and captured the other two around 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, he said.

Each faces two charges of malicious wounding and two firearms charges.

The victims — a 20-year-old man and 18-year-old woman — received treatment for non-life-threatening wounds Tuesday night at Fauquier Hospital, Sgt. Hartman said.

One of the suspects fired a handgun into a red Scion coupe around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The same shot apparently hit both suspects. The shooting took place in the Walmart parking lot, about 50 yards from the store’s north entrance.

“A male and female victim became engaged in a confrontation in the parking lot of Walmart,” Sgt. Hartman wrote in a press release. “While they were inside of a vehicle, they were shot.

“The victims drove next-door to Home Depot to call 911.”

Dozens of police officers responded to the two big-box stores at the southern edge of Warrenton.

State police and other agencies joined the manhunt, focused on Southern Fauquier.

Warrenton police investigators collected evidence in the Walmart parking lot, where broken glass from the driver’s side window of the Scion lay across the pavement.

Sheriff’s investigators collected evidence from the car parked on the north side of Home Depot.

The town police turned command of the investigation over to the sheriff’s office.
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Truepat · November 8, 2019 at 6:29 am
With the drug deal now being acknowledged perhaps that would explain why they drove to the Home Depot parking lot,should we assume that the alledged marijuana was dumped between WalMart and home depot? Did the police find it? Does the Home Depot camera's show another car coming to take the pot before they called for help?
Linda Ward · November 7, 2019 at 2:37 pm
Truepat- I was being sarcastic about your comment that all the bad hombres are coming from PW. I don't take anything lightly when it comes to crime or deadly situations, but thanks for your concern.
Truepat · November 6, 2019 at 7:05 pm
Linda Ward, LOL according to LE and the newspaper articles, I would say it's worse than you think, be vigilant at all times.....this issue is not to be taken lightly
Linda Ward · November 6, 2019 at 12:28 pm
Truepat - So are you saying that there aren't gang members, drug dealers, and other criminals living right here in our rural little community?
Truepat · November 6, 2019 at 10:24 am
Rt 28 appears to be the gateway road for the PW gangs to come into Fauquier, commit crimes and return back to PW, great job Fauquier LE for going after and apprehending these criminals and murderers, now the courts need to send a strong message......
FalconDad · November 5, 2019 at 10:15 pm
The helicopter pilot, call sign “Fairfax One” was amazing to listen on the scanner when he got on site and tracked the four suspects to a tree and took charge positioning the teams below him till the first suspect surrendered. Great work! I was however troubled when I heard law enforcement initially request a helicopter but was told “No, Sgt. Arnold has to approve that first”. I hope that delay won’t happen again.
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