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November 6, 2019

Walmart shooting allegedly started with drug deal

Deonte Tyrone Clayton-Warren, 18, and Jordan McKinley Washington, 20, both of Stafford, face four felony charges each. Authorities also charged two Fredericksburg boys, 16 and 17, respectively.
Counterfeit U.S. currency was shown and an argument ensued.
— Arrest warrant
The shooting in the Warrenton Walmart parking lot Tuesday night resulted from a drug purchase gone awry, according to arrest documents.

Two Stafford County men and two teenagers allegedly tried to buy marijuana with fake money from three people in a red Scion coupe.

“Counterfeit U.S. currency was shown and an argument ensued,” an arrest warrant says. “Deonte Warren admitted that he shot into the vehicle of Kenneth Halsey, which was also occupied by Carli Wood.

“Both Wood and Halsey were struck by the bullet fired.”

A third person in the Scion suffered no injury.

The suspects — two Stafford County men and two teenagers — fled in a white Acura sedan, which crashed about 30 minutes later near Midland as an intense manhunt focused on Southern Fauquier, according to sheriff’s Sgt. James Hartman.

Police arrested two suspects around 7 p.m. and captured the other two, who fled the accident scene at Elk Run and Ritchie roads, just after midnight, Sgt. Hartman said.

A single pistol shot hit both victims — Mr. Halsey, 20, of Warrenton, and Ms. Wood, 18, of Front Royal — as they sat in the car about 50 yards from Walmart’s north entrance.

After the shooting, they drove to the adjacent Home Depot parking lot and called 911, according to Sgt. Hartman.

They received treatment for non-life-threatening wounds at Fauquier Hospital soon after the shooting at 5:15 p.m.

“The investigation revealed one of the adults, Deonte Tyrone Clayton-Warren, shot the victims . . . with a gun that allegedly belonged to the other adult, Jordan McKinley Washington,” Sgt. Hartman wrote in a press release Wednesday morning. “It is further alleged Clayton-Warren, Washington and the two juveniles travelled from the Stafford/Fredericksburg area to purchase narcotics.”

Sheriff’s deputies charged each of these suspects with four felonies apiece:

• Deonte Tyrone Clayton-Warren, 18, of Stafford.

• Jordan McKinley Washington, 20, of Stafford.

• A 16-year-old male, of Fredericksburg.

• A 17-year-old male, of Fredericksburg.

Each faces two counts of felony malicious wounding, a count of felony shooting into an occupied vehicle and a felony count of using a firearm in commission of a felony.

Mr. Clayton-Warren and Mr. Washington made brief appearances by video link in Fauquier County General District Court on Wednesday morning. Both remain in the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center without bond.

They will next appear in court on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

The two teenage suspects remain at a regional juvenile detention center.

Travelling on Ritchie Road, the Acura sedan ran the stop sign and collided with a Buick travelling south on Elk Run Road, according to Sgt. Hartman.

The manhunt included a Fairfax County police helicopter, tracking dogs, drones and officers from neighboring counties.

Two TV news helicopters from Washington also hovered over the Walmart and later the Midland crash scene Tuesday night.

The police helicopter crew found the four suspects “lying in the woods south of the crash location” around 7 p.m.

“As law enforcement approached the area, two suspects fled,” Sgt. Hartman said. Officers “took one suspect into custody at approximately 7:15 p.m. and another suspect was located and taken into custody a short time later.

“The two remaining suspects were located just after midnight in the 11500 block of Elk Run Road, north of the crash scene.”

He added: “The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office would like to recognize and thank the citizens in and around the search area for their patience, cooperation and assistance. Sheriff (Bob) Mosier also extends sincere gratitude to the Warrenton Police Department, Virginia State Police, Stafford County Sheriff’s Office and the Fairfax County Police Department for the assistance provided during the search for these suspects and for helping to bring this to a safe resolution for all involved.”
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To comment, please log in or register. · November 7, 2019 at 7:38 pm
@local, Spot on. But you are assuming that folks pushing legalization are using reason. The opportunities for those who choose to break laws are innumerable. But who knows. They might just say "Gosh, now that pot is legal, I'm gonna be a model citizen". Not.
@Concerned Millennial, Having worked at a psych hospital - where the vast majority of patients are dual diaganosis - one being drug abuse - I've seen first hand the likely results of national legalization. I guess in the next few years we'll see for the 'progressive' states where it's legal now. That is if truth doesn't get buried in politics and fiscal greed. I'm not holding my breath. The potential tax revenue is itself intoxicating to the ilk that make a career of spending other peoples money to get themselves re-elected.
local · November 7, 2019 at 5:26 pm
@Concerned Millennial, do you really believe these boys would have lived a productive life and not peddle dope if marijuana was legal?
Linda Ward · November 7, 2019 at 4:24 pm
Were Halsey and Wood also arrested for selling drugs? Doesn't say. Or were they undercover for the police? Rather strange story.
AngryBob · November 7, 2019 at 9:34 am
It should be pointed out in stories like this that it is illegal to own a handgun under 21 years of age.

Hopefully after our new democrat general assembly finishes quashing our gun rights, they'll legalize marijuana so poor misunderstood youths such as these won't have to buy their weed from dealers in parking lots.
Demosthenes · November 6, 2019 at 7:47 pm
So this is our second story in just a couple of months of a drug deal at Walmart gone bad and leading to violence. If Walmart gets another headline in our local news this year I hope it goes like this: "Sheriff's office rounds up remaining dealers in massive sting operation in Walmart parking lot" · November 6, 2019 at 3:41 pm
This crime brought to you by policies of the "Great Society" since 1965 by Lyndon Baynes Johnson and the democrat party.
"Cultivating lifelong voters by discouraging self-reliance, ensuring government dependence and fostering family dissolution"

Carol · November 6, 2019 at 2:45 pm
This is why I shop at Harris Teeter. You'd never see this kind of nonsense in their parking lot.
mgrabner · November 6, 2019 at 1:32 pm
A sincere thank you to the Sheriff's department for your swift reaction to the situation! Always stay safe!
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