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Charlottesville Police Investigating Multiple Shootings in Friendship Court Area

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

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.

07/13/2017 Release from Charlottesville Police Department:

The Charlottesville Police Department is currently investigating a series of shootings in the area of Friendship Court and the 700 block of 6th Street SE.

The first incident occurred on Sunday, July 2, 2017, in which approximately three to four shots were fired in the 400 block of Garrett Street. One apartment building was struck in that incident.

The second incident occurred on Saturday, July 8, 2017, in the 400 block of Garrett Street at approximately 0057 hours. Multiple shots were fired and one male juvenile was struck twice. He sustained non-life threatening injuries. The victim has since been treated and release from the UVA hospital. One firearm was recovered from the scene.

The third incident occurred on Monday, July 10, 2017, in the 700 block of 6th Street SE at approximately 0043 hours. Multiple shots were fired into an occupied dwelling.

Chaz Dylan Newville was stopped in the area of the shooting and subsequently arrested. A firearm was recovered in the area of Newville’s arrest. Newville was charged with 18.2-279 (discharge of firearm into an occupied dwelling), 18.2-308.2 (possess or transport a firearm by a convicted felon) and 18.2-108.1 (theft or receipt of a stolen firearm).

The fourth incident occurred on Monday, July 10, 2017, in the 700 block of 6th Street SE at approximately 2250 hours. Officers were in the area and heard multiple shots being fired. One male juvenile was stopped in the area of the shooting. A firearm was recovered and the male was ultimately charged with 18.2-56.1 (reckless handling of a fire arm), 18.2-308.7 (possession of a firearm under the age of 18) and 18.2-308 (carrying a concealed weapon).

Zayquan Thomas is actively wanted for his involvement in two of these incidents. His charges include two counts of 18.2-279 (discharge of firearm into an occupied dwelling) and 18.2-282 (brandishing a firearm).

If you have information pertaining to any of these cases, please contact Detective Oberholzer at 434-970-3985, Detective Stutzman at 434-970-3824, or Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.