Waynesboro police are on the hunt for a gunman who critically wounded another man Tuesday morning, then drove away. The suspect, 26-year-old Samuel Kevin Bridge, is already a convicted felon, and investigators warn he may be armed and dangerous.
The victim in this case is 37-year-old Jeremiah James Woodson. He's listed in critical but stable condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Woodson suffered two gunshot wounds to the upper chest from a large-caliber handgun, and police say he knew the man who pulled the trigger.
As officers pulled into Quadrangle Apartments on 4th Street, they found the victim lying on the parking lot. The shooting had taken place about 2:30 a.m. - moments after Woodson and Bridge arrived.
Investigator Robert Luzader with Waynesboro police explained, "The suspect remained in the vehicle. The victim exited his vehicle, walked over. There was some sort of argument that began between them. He was standing outside the car when the gunshots were fired."
Bridge faces malicious wounding and three firearms charges. Police are knocking on doors of his known associates in the Waynesboro and Charlottesville areas.
"Just trying to tighten that circle, that noose as tightly as we can till someone comes forward," said Luzader.
Waynesboro police have already interviewed potential witnesses at Quadrangle. They say neither the victim nor shooter lived at the apartments, and may have chosen the location at random for their meeting.
"There were other people present when this occurred," stated Luzader. "Some of the gunshots also placed them at risk, along with the people in the apartment complex itself."
Waynesboro police say Bridge - and at least one other man - were in a dark-green or blue Saturn four-door sedan, possibly with tinted windows. If you know of his whereabouts or anything about the shooting, call Waynesboro police or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.
The NBC29 newsroom received the following press release from the Waynesboro Police Department:
On 4/3/12, at approximately 0238hrs, the Waynesboro Police Department responded to Quadrangle Apartments located at 901 4th Street in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, a 36 year old male victim of a gunshot wound was found lying in the parking lot. He was subsequently transported by the Waynesboro First Aid Crew to Augusta Health then transferred to UVA hospital for further treatment. His last reported status was he is in critical condition. The suspect in the case had left the area prior to police arrival.
The car the suspect was driving is possibly a dark green or blue 4 door Saturn with unknown tags. A further description of the suspect was not available at time of this release. Initial reports are the suspect and victim are acquaintances and this was not a random act.
The Waynesboro Police Department is continuing the investigation into this incident. The Waynesboro Police Department is asking for anyone who may have direct information to aid in the investigation please contact the Waynesboro Police Department at 540-942-6675.