Police Investigate Overnight Shooting

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

February 16, 2006

Charlottesville Police are investigating an overnight car shooting that sent two men to the hospital early this morning.

The three men were allegedly shot at just after 2 a.m. Thursday. Police say someone walking by fired off 12 shots at the van they were in. The shots hit the front-seat passenger, 24-year-old Patrick Stovall, and the driver, 25-year-old Joseph Lamont Nelson who was treated and released from UVa Medical Center. Stovall was listed in serious condition as of Thursday evening.

Police say the men were dropping of a third man who was sitting in the backseat. He wasn't hit and police say he shouldn't even have been in the complex.

"This man had been barred from this housing project. He'd been charged recently with trespassing [and] been told to stay off the property," said Capt. Chip Harding of the Charlottesville Police Dept.

Bleeding, the men drove themselves to the hospital. Residents say its unfortunate an incident like this happened in a neighborhood trying hard to beat its bad reputation. Now they are left asking the same questions police want answered--"Who could have done it? And why?" explained one resident.

Police say they are working on some possible leads but no arrests have been made. They're still investigating a motive but don't believe the shooting was random.

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