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Jamal T. Brown, suspect arrested in connection with double shooting, faces 19 charges

Following a county-wide manhunt executed by the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police, Jamal T. Brown, age 29, of Oldhams in Westmoreland county has been apprehended and is a suspect in the double shooting.

When Brown was arrested his last known address was Hague but records list him as now being a resident of Odhams, where the shooting took place early Monday morning.

Brown is charged with eight counts of maliciously shooting at or into an occupied vehicle, five counts of use of a firearm, committing aggravated malicious wounding (second offense), two counts of maiming, (second offense), two counts attempted murder, one count attempted maliciously wounding and one count of possession of firearm after being a convicted felon.

 

Brown’s prior offenses of committing aggravated malicious wounding and maiming are convictions from an unrelated incident.

Brown is being held in the Northern Neck Regional Jail without bond. His first court appearance is to be determined, pending computer system repairs.

The shooting


According the to the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office, An 11-year-old boy and 46 year old, Walter Gaines were in the back seat of a burgundy Cadillac at 2:30 a.m. May 27 when eight shots were fired into the car. The shots wounded both the victims who were taken to MCV in Richmond.

It was reported that the 11 year old boy was in critical condition when he reached the hospital and Gaines suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The shooting occurred at a residence on Dameron Way in Oldhams. Police believe the bullets were intended for the adult victim.


Investigating officers told Sheriff C. O. Balderson that upon arrival at the Dameron Way address there appeared to be 100 to 150 party goers at that location. The group had gathered for a weekend celebration and said the party was just ending when a suspect, or suspects, shot eight rounds into the car. With over 100 people at the scene, no witnesses have came forward to give information.

Balderson reported on Tuesday that law enforcement had a person of interest but urged witnesses to come forward  with any information.  

Manhunt leads to arrest

According to Balderson the WCSO was aware of Brown's prior convictions so he became a person of interest. Through investigations he became a suspect and subsequently was arrested.

Originally the WCSO received information that he was out of the county; later they received information that he had returned and was in the Oak Grove area.

“Through our investigation he was located in the 1900 block of Flat Iron Road” Balderson said. “When Detective Donald Jones identified him outside of a residence of Flat Iron Road, the suspect entered the residence and exited the back portion fleeing into the woods. That's what started the manhunt.”
According to Balderson the manhunt began around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29 and ended at 5:56  p.m. when Brown was apprehended in the 1400 block of Flat Iron Road.

The sheriff’s office has received information that both victims are improving but remain at MCV in Richmond.

Anyone who has any information regarding this or any other crime is urged to contact the sheriff’s office by either calling Detective Jay Mitchell at (804) 493-8066 or by going on the sheriff'’s office website. www.westcoso.us and leaving an anonymous tip.

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