Shooting suspect turns himself in

Phillip Wilson

FRONT ROYAL – A 36-year-old Front Royal man was being held without bond Monday after Front Royal police charged him in connection with the shooting of another town resident Sunday night.

Capt. Jason Ryman, of the Front Royal Police Department, said the victim, Timothy Carter, 36, also of Front Royal, was hospitalized in critical but stable condition with a gunshot wound to the upper abdominal area.

The defendant, Phillip Danyell Wilson, 36, was charged with being a felon in possession of a gun. Ryman said additional charges are pending against Wilson, who is the only suspect in the case.

Ryman said Wilson turned himself in at police headquarters early Monday morning after police posted his picture on the department’s Facebook page and identified him as a suspect in the shooting.

Ryman said the investigation began with a report to police at 7:40 p.m. Sunday of shots fired in the 700 block of Warren Avenue. Officers arrived to find Carter suffering from a single gunshot wound that required him to be flown by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Ryman said police believe the shooting stemmed from an argument between Carter and Wilson and was not a random act. Rymnan said the firearm used was a handgun.

Rymnan said police worked until 3 or 3:30 a.m. Monday when they identified Wilson as “a person of interest” and obtained an arrest warrant for him. Ryman credited a posting about Wilson on the department’s Facebook’s page for generating a flurry of public interest that prodded the defendant to turn himself in.

“Some of the technology we have now and the ability to get information out and fast and widespread in a hurry, it makes things a little untenable for people who are trying run,” Ryman said.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective David Fogle at 636-2208 or at dfogle@frontroyalva.com.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com