Local teen charged in shooting at stadium
FRONT ROYAL – A 16-year-old town resident has been charged with three gun-related offenses for what police say was his role in a shooting incident at Bing Crosby Stadium around 9 p.m. on Aug. 9.
No one was injured, but police say witnesses told them that the defendant fired three or four shots toward the baseball field, causing a group of juveniles who had gathered in the area to disperse and leave the scene. Police have identified an unspecified handgun as the weapon used.
A search warrant affidavit filed in Warren County Circuit Court by Front Royal Detective David Fogle states the defendant fired the shots from the bed of a pickup truck driven by another juvenile.
Front Royal police Capt. Jayson Ryman said in an interview Monday that the incident involved two groups of students, one from Skyline High School and one from Warren County High School, but the shooting appeared to be the product of a fight that two individuals had planned for themselves and not connected to any tensions between groups of other students.
“Right now it’s more pointing toward two individuals from two different schools, and everybody showed up just to watch it,” Ryman said.
Ryman said the case remains under investigation and other charges could be filed.
Warren County Public Schools Superintendent Greg Drescher said the high schools opened for their first day of classes Monday with their normal security staffing and procedures.
“This, to the best of my knowledge, had nothing to do with school in any way,” Drescher said of the shooting. “We opened up today and had a good day.”
The search warrant lists a .22 caliber rifle, black powder rifle, ammunition, four cellphones and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia, all recovered from the defendant’s home.
The defendant has been charged in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court with firing a gun from a vehicle, brandishing a gun, firing a gun within the town limits and a curfew violation.
Fogle wrote in his affidavit that police interviewed two boys at Skyline High School, two days after the shooting.
“The two male juveniles advised that after the shots occurred, people scattered and left the area as the suspects drove off in the vehicle…” Fogle wrote.
The affidavit states the defendant pulled the gun when he “could not locate the one he wanted to fight” among those who had gathered around the stadium.
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