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Barboursville man charged with drive-by shooting in Harrisonburg

A Barboursville man has been charged with a December drive-by shooting in Harrisonburg.

On Dec. 1 of last year, a couple told Harrisonburg police that they were driving down Old Furnace Road in the city when a shot rang out and a bullet hit their vehicle.

“The complainants stated that while driving on Old Furnace Road a vehicle had passed them going in the same direction when they heard a loud bang, which sounded like a gunshot. The victims were unharmed but drove directly to the Public Safety Building. HPD Officers inspected the victims’ vehicle and did in fact locate what appeared to be a gunshot hole in their vehicle,” the police department said in a statement at the time.

After a monthlong investigation, 30-year-old Barboursville resident Chavis Rashad Williams was identified as the suspected gunman.

Williams has been charged with maliciously shooting at an occupied vehicle, unlawfully shooting into an occupied dwelling, attempted malicious wounding, shooting from a moving vehicle, possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and using a firearm while attempting a malicious wounding as a convicted felon.

Williams was already in custody at Middle River Regional Jail in Verona on separate charges stemming from another jurisdiction, according to Harrisonburg police. He was brought before a Harrisonburg magistrate and returned to the jail where he is being held without bond.

The Harrisonburg Police Department encourages anyone with information regarding the December shooting to contact its Major Crimes Unit at (540) 437-2650 or the anonymous Crime Solvers tip line at (540) 574-5050. Those wishing to remain anonymous can also text Harrisonburg police at 274637.


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