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Town of Orange Police Investigate Shooting

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A woman is recovering and two men are behind bars after a shooting in Orange County Thursday.  According to police an argument led to an assault and later a shooting. 

Police say it all started as an argument at the Oakbrook Terrace Apartments in Orange, and the shooting happened around 9:30 p.m.  The victim suffered a gunshot wound to her lower back.

When police arrive on the scene the suspects were nowhere to be found.  Town of Orange Police Chief James Fenwick says bloodhounds couldn't help because a heavy rain passed through the area, but eventually the suspects, 21-year-old Darrell Milton and 18-year-old William Wells, both from Orange County, came forward. 

"They were actually contacted and actually came forward to speak with officers and at that point were interviewed and then charges were placed against them," he stated. 

Milton and Wells are facing a number of charges (see below). They are being held without bond in the Central Virginia Regional Jail.

Chief Fenwick says the victim was treated and released from a hospital Friday morning but has since gone back to a different hospital to receive additional treatment.  She is expected to recover.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office, Culpeper County Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police responded to the shooting.  


Town of Orange Police Department Press Release

On 5/23/2013 at approximately 9:30 p.m., officers from the Town of Orange Police Department responded to a shooting at the Oakbrook Terrace. The shooting victim, a 25-year-old female, had left the scene prior to officers' arrival and was taken to a local hospital by family members.

Two suspects fled the apartment complex on foot, and witnesses reported seeing the suspects get into a vehicle in an adjacent neighborhood. Officers later arrested Darrell Milton, age 21, of Orange County, for Brandishing a Firearm; Reckless Handling of a Firearm; Malicious Wounding by Shooting/Stabbing; and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. Milton was held without bond at the Central Virginia Regional Jail. 

William Wells, age 18, of Orange County was also charged as an Accessory to Malicious Wounding by Shooting/Stabbing, and held without bond at the Central Virginia Regional Jail.

The victim was treated and released from the hospital early this morning, but has reportedly checked back into another hospital. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the lower back area, and the wound is not considered to be life-threatening. The shooting reportedly happened after an argument and assault had occurred.

Officers from the Orange County Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police also responded to the scene, as well as K-9 deputies with the Culpeper County Sheriff's Office. Detective Rebecca Tidwell of the Town of Orange Police Department placed the charges against Milton and Wells.

Chief James L. Fenwick
Town of Orange Police Dept.

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