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Update on double shooting on New Monrovia Road


There are new details about the events that unfolded Wednesday starting with a double shooting around 2:30 p.m. and ended with shots fired into a car on Cedar Hill Road and another car running off the road and damaging the porch of a home at 1439 Cedar Hill Road.

Police responded to a 911 call with a report of shots fired at a residence on New Monrovia Road/Old Road. When police arrived they found two men shot, laying in close proximity of each other.

 

One is described as a 25-year old Montross man who was found shot in the chest. Police said he was not a resident but was known to frequent the home to visit one of the occupants. The other shooting victim was also not a resident but was described as a 33-year old man from Maryland. He was suffering from gunshot wounds to the abdomen.

Westmoreland County Sheriff C.O. Balderson stated in a phone interview on Thursday that the two gun shot victims were unable to speak but it has been determined they shot each other. Law enforcement on scene were scouring the yard and surrounding area looking for evidence.

The two victims were transported to Mary Washington Hospital by ambulance with life-threatening wounds. There is no word on their condition and their names have not been released.

Shortly after the shooting on New Monrovia Road, at around 4:05 p.m. Westmoreland dispatched law enforcement when a call came in to police that a car had crashed into a home at 1439 Cedar Hill Rd.

The responding officer called in to dispatch reporting a car at a different location with its windshield blown out and no occupant in sight.

Dispatch responded that a call had come into the Westmoreland Sheriff’s office of shots fired into a vehicle. Police were still trying to determine if the two incidents on Cedar Hill Road were connected.

The responding officer asked dispatch to tell residence at 1439 Cedar Hill Rd. to go back into the home. The responding officer confirmed the home had a vehicle crashed into the home, with its engine running but said there was no danger at that time, to the occupants. He advised other responders to use caution since the driver of the vehicle in the home on Cedar Hill had also not been located.

Balderson confirmed on Thursday, that the two cars were traveling together on Cedar Hill Road. One red, one black. A third car approached the red car and shot into the windshield. The black car continued on and veered off the road hitting the front porch of the house on Cedar Hill. No one was reported injured in this incident.

The shooting suspect drove off and has not been apprehended. Police now believe all these incidents were related.  Balderson also said that both incidents are still under investigation and no charges have been filed but police have persons of interest; they are not releasing information on at this time.

Balderson asks that people please use due diligence and if you have any information pertaining to any of these incidents, no matter how small, please call the sheriff’s office with any information. You may contact the Westmoreland County Sheriff's office at 804-493-8066 or text your tip to 847411 (TIP411).

Detective First Sergeant Vanessa Schock is the lead investigator in the case. Westmoreland County Sheriff’s office was assisted in Wednesday's shooting investigation by Colonial Beach Police Department, King George Sheriff’s, office, Virginia State Police and Spotsylvania Sheriff’s office K-9 unit.

Also responding were Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Westmoreland County Medic one and Medic three and Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue squad.

Linda Farneth

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