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Fauquier man shot in the arm during weekend of ‘promiscuous’ shooting

Monday, Apr. 15 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
A Delaplane man was shot in the arm in his neighborhood Saturday afternoon, one of several gun-related incidents Fauquier deputies dealt with over the warm weekend.

At 5 p.m., Fauquier 9-1-1 dispatchers sent out a call for a shooting in the 3700 block of Rolling Hills Drive near Cobbler Mountain Road. When deputies arrived, they found a 60-year-old man at his neighbor's house trying to stanch the bleeding from a gunshot to his arm.

The man said he had been checking on a neighbor’s house with his wife and a friend. As they were walking around the yard they heard gunshots from an unknown source, said Lt. James Hartman, spokesman for the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office.

The man was subsequently shot in the upper right arm.

An ambulance took him to Fauquier Hospital, where he was treated for the injury and released later in the evening.

Deputies recovered a bullet from an outdoor area near where the man was shot. They don't yet know if it's related to the incident, Hartman said, and the bullet is now under examination by a forensics team.

Neighbors had heard shooting in the area throughout the day, Hartman said.

"At this point we don't think there was any intentional shooting of the victim," Hartman said, "but we are investigating the matter."

It wasn't the only gun-related incident that weekend, Hartman said. Over the past few days, deputies have investigated at least seven of what authorities call "promiscuous shooting" incidents and one illegal hunting violation.

On Sunday, deputies and state police arrested a Catlett area man for allegedly firing a gun at a pregnant woman during an argument.

The woman called police to the 10200 block of Bristersburg Road. The man, Jerdan Joel Davis, 44, had allegedly fired a shot from a gun outside of a home on the road while arguing with the woman. Davis fled into the woods when authorities arrived. They found him near the 3300 block of Red Hill Drive.

Deputies charged Davis with assault and battery, possession of firearm by convicted felon and reckless handling of a firearm.

Fauquier deputies answer calls about shots being fired in rural areas a few times a week, Hartman said, but last weekend's shootings were a worrisome spike for the agency.

"It's not uncommon for us to respond to calls for promiscuous shooting in this area but it is alarming that an incident like this can occur," Hartman said.

Anyone with information about the Delaplane shooting should contact the Criminal Investigations Division at (540) 422-8650 or Fauquier County Crime Solvers at (540) 349-1000. Callers can remain anonymous.
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