A Culpeper man has been charged with felony malicious wounding in a shooting after an argument early Thursday at a Montanus Drive business park.
It was just one of many criminal incidents police responded to in 24 hours, coinciding with a heat wave.
Culpeper County E911 received a call at approximately 9:23 a.m. July 21 regarding a shooting in the 15500 block area of the area behind the Target Mall.
The caller, an adult male, indicated he was shot and it was not an accident, the Culpeper Police Department said in a statement. The 36-year-old man was transported to Novant Health UVA Culpeper Medical Center and then airlifted to UVA Charlottesville with non-life-threatening injuries. He was treated and released.
The suspected shooter, Kendrick Reaves, 29, of Culpeper turned into law enforcement hours after the shooting, Senior Police Officer Julia Cole said in the statement.
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Reaves was also charged with unlawful shooting in the commission or attempted commission of a felony as well as reckless handling of a firearm. Reaves was being held in the Culpeper County jail without bail eligibility.
During the argument, Reaves shot the victim before fleeing the scene in a vehicle, Cole said. The two men knew each other and it didn’t appear to be a random interaction, she said.
A search warrant was executed at a Culpeper County residence resulting in the seizure of an implicated vehicle.
While searching the scene of the shooting, a Virginia State Police K9 explosives unit found a firearm along with other suspicious items sent to a forensic lab for testing, a said the police.
“This was an extensive investigation,” Police Chief Chris Jenkins said, “multiple scenes, multiple agencies and involving numerous officers.”
He thanked the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police Tactical Team and Explosives K9 Unit for their assistance, and praised his officers and detectives for their hard work.
“Most preliminary investigations are completed within hours. Our detectives have been on this incident for nearly 12 straight hours in the heat, which doesn’t include all of the follow-ups that are still ongoing,” Chief Jenkins said. “While the detectives worked, our patrol units continued to assist in the investigation in addition to responding to two death scenes, a domestic dispute, a high value theft and fraud, all in addition to the normal service calls.”