Harrisonburg police arrest suspect in connection to shots fired incident

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The Harrisonburg Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection to a report of shots fired in the city earlier this week.

According to police, 26-year-old Gerardo Villeda-Romero, of Harrisonburg, was taken into custody without incident Wednesday afternoon.

Police report Villeda-Romero is charged with brandishing a firearm, discharging a firearm in a public place, reckless handling of a firearm, and possession/transport of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court records, he has previously been convicted of driving on a revoked license and possession of a concealed weapon by a convicted felon. In 2013, he pleaded guilty to the latter charge and was sentenced to supervised probation.

He is currently being held in jail without bond.

Police believe he was the one responsible for firing at least one shot in the area of East Rock Street and Myrtle Street around 10 p.m. Monday evening.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact HPD's Major Crimes Unit by calling (540) 437-2640.


UPDATE (10 a.m.):

The Harrisonburg Police Department continues to investigate an incident in which shots were fired Monday night. No further information has been released about the suspect or exactly what happened.


Harrisonburg Police have confirmed to WHSV that shots were fired in the city just before 10 p.m. on Monday evening.

Officers say it happened near the intersection of East Rock Street and Myrtle Street. Police believe it was an isolated incident and say no injuries have been reported.

According to HPD, the suspect left on foot and is currently being pursued.

Police tell WHSV that there is not an immediate safety concern. WHSV will provide updates as they come.