Augusta County Sheriff's Office Investigating Stuarts Draft Shooting

By: McKinsey Harris Email
By: McKinsey Harris Email

The Augusta County Sheriff's Office is investigating several shootings that took place in Stuarts Draft early Monday morning.

Sheriff's deputies are questioning residents and say they have some leads in the case.

Many neighbors are say they're scared to even open their front doors, after gunshots were fired at their homes.

Stuarts Draft resident James Fielding says he woke up to loud gunshots Monday morning and noticed that his house was hit several times.

"Oh yeah, I was scared. So my parents woke up and they were running around, freaking out. So it was pretty scary," says Fielding.

He says the incident is surprising.

"Pretty quiet area, so to have something like this happen is pretty random, but I hope it doesn't happen again. I hope everybody's safe and nobody got hurt or anything like that," says Fielding.

While Fielding thinks the shooting was random, the Augusta County Sheriff's Office is investigating all possibilities.

"We have many leads that we're trying to follow. At this time, we believe that there's a connection, but we're not 100 percent sure what that connection is. But until we rule it out, that's a theory that we're working on," says Investigator Paul McCormick.

Investigators are questioning neighbors and testing evidence, and believe two vehicles may be involved.

"If we get more specific descriptions of a certain vehicle we may know that. Right now it's very vague, but it is something that we're looking into," says McCormick.

While a few residents say they heard knocking on doors, McCormick says they only know of two homes being shot.

"Concerned, obviously. A couple of residences were shot at, and we're concerned obviously. The sheriff's office is using all personnel necessary to follow leads and we're talking different agencies, or I shouldn't say agencies but other task forces within the sheriff's office to obtain information," says McCormick.

Neighbors say they are concerned about their safety since the sheriff's office doesn't have anyone in custody for the crime.

The Augusta County Sheriff's Office asks anyone with any information on this incident to call the office at 540-245-5333.


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