A man was shot outside Skyline Motel in Fishersville on Thursday. The victim, in his forties, was sent to University of Virginia Medical Center and the alleged shooter, Jerad Michael Ross, is in jail. He is charged with attempted first degree murder.
Friday, search and recovery teams with Virgina State Police scoured a lake for the gun used in Thursday's shooting. The team and neighbors said they are taking precautions to stay safe.
Ken Kaser lives less than a mile from where deputies found alleged shooter Ross in the woods Thursday night.
“It's pretty scary. I'm used to leaving things open around here and not worrying,” said Kaser.
Ross allegedly shot a man four or five times before running off.
Deputies were looking for the gun on Friday.
Search and recovery teams used all types of equipment to try and find the weapon. That included a metal detector that helped them sweep the lake.
“Hopefully they'll find it and put this all to rest now and I'll keep an eye out for myself; I'm always out there walking my dog.”
A lieutenant with the Augusta County Sheriff's Office said finding the gun will help keep everyone safe.
"The only thing we'd like to recover the weapon also is in case a child or someone happened to pick it up to keep someone else from getting hurt,” said Lt. A.C. Powers.
Kaser said his neighbors watch out for each other and their safety. He had deputies search his home before they found Ross. Now, Kaser is thankful Ross is in jail.
“I feel so much better now,” said Kaser. “I don't think I would have slept last night. I know my wife wouldn't have slept either worrying about somebody being around here.”
Members of the search and recovery team came from all over the state for the water search. Police caught the suspect off of Goose Creek Rd.
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