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Culpeper teen charged with shooting at vehicle


A 15-year-old Culpeper County boy has been charged after allegedly shooting at a vehicle that contained three men who had allegedly just beaten up a 17-year-old boy at the boy’s residence.

The three men were also charged in connection with the beating.

According to Corey Byers of the Culpeper County sheriff’s office, the three men—Jonathan W. Welch, 21, of Rixeyville, Christopher R. Marsh, 28, of Culpeper, and John R. Randall, 21, of White Post—showed up at a Monumental Mills residence late Saturday afternoon.

There they had a “physical altercation” with the 17-year-old and then left in the vehicle, which Byers said was driven by 39-year-old Karen E. Fincham of Rixeyville.

As they left the 15-year-old alleged fired one shot from a .22 cal. rifle that hit the vehicle but not any of those inside, Byers said.

The 15-year-old boy was charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle and attempt to commit murder and was transported to Blue Ridge Detention Center.

Welch, was charged with malicious wounding by a mob, two counts of destruction of property and trespassing.

Marsh and Randall were charged with one count each of malicious wounding by a mob, destruction of property and trespassing while Fincham was charged with one count of trespassing.

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