Victim links shooting to argument

Phillip Wilson

FRONT ROYAL – Town police have filed a charge of malicious wounding against a Front Royal man after interviewing the victim in the hospital where he was recovering from a gunshot wound suffered on Nov. 1.

A criminal complaint filed in Warren County General District Court against Phillip Danyell Wilson, 36, states that the victim, Timothy Wayne Carter, 37, was trying to defuse an argument between Wilson and another man at 716 Warren Ave. just before the shooting.

Carter gave his version of the shooting on Nov. 17 to Front Royal police Detective David Fogle. Carter was still recovering at Fairfax Inova Hospital when Fogle interviewed him.

Carter told Fogle that “Wilson became irate with him and wanted to fight” when the victim intervened in the argument Wilson was having with an unnamed man.

“Carter advised that Wilson got in his face and head-butted him, thus he pushed him away,” Fogle wrote in the complaint. “Carter advised that Wilson fell into the stairwell, pulled a small black handgun from his back waistline and shot him.”

Carter was later airlifted to the hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the upper abdomen or chest.

Wilson fled the scene and turned himself in to police the morning after the shooting, court documents state.

Wilson was initially charged with being a felon in possession of a gun and held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. The charge of malicious wounding and use of a gun in committing a felony were added last week.

Capt. Jason Ryman of the Front Royal police said the investigation is continuing.

“In terms of Wilson, I don’t believe there will be any further charges placed against him,” Ryman said, adding that, “there’s potential for other individuals being charged.”

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