Search warrant describes scene after fatal shooting
WOODSTOCK – The shooting death of a 46-year-old woman on Nov. 23 near Mount Jackson remains under investigation while law enforcement officials await the results of forensic evidence analysis.
Maj. Scott Proctor of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said in an interview Wednesday that “no foul play is believed to be part of the incident” in which Gina Angela Shoemaker of Edinburg was shot to death.
An affidavit filed Tuesday in connection with search warrants executed at properties adjoining the residence where Shoemaker died provides new details about the shooting scene.
The affidavit states that the county’s 911 center received a call at about 2:54 p.m. from a woman who reported someone had “shot her sister, and she is dead,” according to the affidavit.
The search warrant documents identify Shawn Nicely as one of two people target practicing 936 feet from where the fatal shot was fired into the residence at 259 Charlotte Lane.
The affidavit states that a member of Gina Shoemaker’s family arrived at 37 Charlotte Lane around 2:54 p.m., “and found that someone was actively shooting at the residence.”
The family member “noticed that the shots were coming from the (southwest) direction,” the affidavit states.
The family member rode an ATV south on Charlotte Lane and “found that the shots were coming from 37 Charlotte Lane,” the affidavit reported.
The ATV rider found Nicely target shooting and “and advised him that he was shooting at the residence located at 259 Charlotte Lane,” according to the affidavit.
The affidavit states that Shenandoah County Sgt. C.D. Rinker met with Nicely at 37 Charlotte Lane as another member of the sheriff’s office investigated the scene of Shoemaker’s death at 259 Charlotte Lane.
“Nicely was inside the Conicville Volunteer Fire Department ambulance,” the affidavit states. “Nicely advised that he was having a panic attack, and his blood pressure was ‘through the roof.'”
Nicely told Rinker that he and his daughter were sighting a rifle at about 2 p.m. while visiting his grandparents’ residence for a target practice session, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit states: “Rinker observed that Nicely was shooting in the direction of 259 Charlotte Lane; however, it was not visible due to the area being wooded behind the target.”
Deputy C.M. Grandstaff of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the residence occupied by Shoemaker and found her body lying on the floor of the kitchen and dining room area, according to the affidavit.
Grandstaff also found six members of Shoemaker’s family in the basement of the residence.
Proctor said charges could still be filed in the case, despite the lack of evidence of foul play.
The search warrant documents list reckless handling of a firearm as a possible charge.
“We’re still waiting for some evidence to be processed here and at the crime lab,” Proctor said, adding, “We’re in consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney.”
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