Neighbors React to Fatal Shooting

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

Steven Moore

Steven Moore

AUGSTA COUNTY -- Van Bell Jr., 51, Staunton, is dead after a shooting just before midnight near Staunton. Steven Moore of Stuarts Draft is charged with first-degree murder of Bell. Police said Bell's girlfriend was Moore's estranged wife.

The shooting took place in the 800 block of Fisher Circle just south of Staunton. Neighbors said police were at the scene until 2 a.m.

Donald Berry, a neighbor, said he heard police drive up to the scene and that's how he learned of what happened.

"It's kind of unnerving, because we didn't know, we knew somebody had been shot. At the same time, we didn't know if there was a murder going around, or a break-in, or what had occurred or what was going on," he said.

Moore is held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail. He faces three charges including first-degree murder, having a firearm as a convicted felon and using the firearm to commit a felony.


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