Charlottesville Police Investigating Multiple Shootings in Friendship Court AreaPosted: Updated:
Police are searching for a man they believe was involved in a series of shootings under investigation in the area of Friendship Court and 6th Street Southeast.
Authorities want to find 19-year-old Zayquan Thomas, as he is wanted on two counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling, as well as brandishing a firearm.
Police have already arrested Chaz Dylan Newville, charging him with discharging a of firearm into an occupied dwelling, possession or transporting a firearm by a convicted felon, and theft or receipt of a stolen firearm.
The charges stem from four different shootings around the city earlier in the month.
Sunday, July 2, police say three or four shots were fired in the 400 block of Garrett Street and that an apartment was hit. Multiple shots were fired in the same area shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday, July 8, and a minor was struck twice by gunfire. According to authorities, the victim was treated for his non-life-threatening injuries at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Investigators also recovered a gun from the scene.
More gunshots were fired into a home around 12:40 a.m. Monday, July 10, in the 700 block of 6th Street Southeast. Police say Newville was in the area at the time of the shooting. Officers stopped an underage male in the same area around 10:50 p.m. after they had heard gunshots. The juvenile was charged with reckless handling of a fire arm, possession of a firearm under the age of 18, and carrying a concealed weapon.
Thomas is wanted in connection to the first shooting on July 2, as well as the third shooting on July 10.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Oberholzer at 434-970-3985, Detective Stutzman at 434-970-3824, or Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.