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Gun shot fired into Stafford pizzeria


Two men were arrested Thursday after a shot was fired into a Stafford restaurant, including one man who had nothing to do with the gunplay, police said.

The incident occurred about 6:45 p.m. at Padrinos III at 1101 Potomac Avenue, Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said.

Deputies rushed to the scene off White Oak Road to investigate reports that a shot had been fired into a front window. Customers were in the store at the time, Kennedy said, but no one was injured.

Deputy Tom Grasso and others stopped one vehicle that was hurriedly leaving the area, Kennedy said.

The driver told police he had no identification, then gave what turned out to be a fictitious name. The subsequent investigation revealed that the driver was not involved in the Padrinos shooting but he was wanted in Fredericksburg and had a gun in his car.

Adam Dominic Perminter, 21, of Fredericksburg was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a concealed weapon by a felon and giving false identification to police.

According to court records, Perminter was wanted in Fredericksburg for failing to show up in court March 12 on charges of driving on a revoked license. He was charged in January and on Feb. 6, one day after he was arraigned on the January charge.

Meanwhile, 1st Sgt. Renzo Beltran found another vehicle that had a shattered window. Beltran determined that a shot that struck pizza restaurant had come from the passenger’s side of that vehicle.

Kenneth Estes, 27, of Stafford was charged with reckless handling of a firearm, shooting from a vehicle and shooting at an occupied dwelling.

Kennedy said the investigation found that Estes was sitting in the passenger seat of the car when he began handling a gun. The driver was not in the car at the time.

The handgun went off, striking both the car and the restaurant windows. Kennedy said Estes then went into the restaurant and hid the gun, but it was later recovered by police.

Both Estes and Perminter were taken to the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404