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Albemarle man convicted in car-to-car shooting heads back to court

The young man convicted for participating in a car-to-car shooting last fall that wounded two men and terrified schoolchildren in Charlottesville’s 10th & Page neighborhood goes on trial next month on unrelated charges.

Taquarius Orlando Catoe-Anderson, 21, of Albemarle County now faces felony counts in Albemarle County Circuit Court of marijuana distribution and possessing a firearm while selling drugs.

The newer charges stem from Catoe-Anderson’s late-winter arrest when officers went to detain him on warrants stemming from the Sept. 28, 2022, shooting at the corner of Ninth and Anderson streets. That afternoon eruption of gunfire sent at least one child walking home from Venable Elementary School, now Trailblazers Elementary, ducking for cover, her mother told The Daily Progress at the time.

In that incident, Catoe-Anderson was firing from a car that was being pursued by a Crown Victoria occupied by Deonte Johnson and Jatavious Turner-Jones, according to a police report. Johnson, who was shot in left shoulder, and Turner-Jones, who was shot in the buttocks and thigh, received medical attention.

While the shooting originally produced four felony charges for Catoe-Anderson, including two counts of aggravated malicious wounding, those charges were dropped or reduced, due to the reluctance of witnesses, according to a prosecutor.

Catoe-Anderson pleaded guilty in May to a single misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon and received a 180-day active sentence in Charlottesville General District Court. He was released from the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail on June 29, according to jail records.

An officer involved in Catoe-Anderson’s arrest, which took place March 8 in a unit at the Oak Terrace Apartments, wrote of finding a handgun with an extended magazine on that Hydraulic Road-area unit’s living room sofa.

“There was also a large quantity of marijuana located on the sofa, measured at over a pound in weight, as well as scales, currency, baggies, and other items consistent with the distribution of marijuana,” according to the complaint written by Albemarle County police detective Andrew Holmes.

Of the two pending charges, the state classifies the marijuana distribution as the more serious with a maximum penalty of up to 10 years, while the maximum for a firearm possession conviction is five years.


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