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Man charged in Dahlgren shooting


A 25-year-old King George man is being held without bond following an incident Wednesday evening in which another county man was shot, police said.

King George County Sheriff Steve Dempsey said the shooting occurred about 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Heritage Court townhouse complex on State Route 206 in Dahlgren.

The victim, whose name was not released, was shot twice in the upper torso.

He was flown to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg and was in stable condition Thursday, Dempsey said.

Carlos Matthew Bell is charged with aggravated malicious wounding and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

He is being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail and will have an arraignment next week in King George General District Court.

The wounding charge carries a penalty of between 20 years to life in prison.

Both men live in the townhouse complex not far from the Navy base at Dahlgren.

Dempsey said officers found the injured victim in his doorway, a short distance from where he had been shot.

Witnesses identified Bell as the shooter and police found him in his home three doors away from the victim. He was taken into custody without incident.

Dempsey said police got warrants to search Bell’s home and a vehicle at the scene. Authorities found the handgun believed to have been used in the shooting.

Detectives are continuing the investigation, but as of Thursday Dempsey said police knew of no motive for the shooting.

Bell’s previous convictions in King George include larceny, misdemeanor possession of illegal drugs, providing false identification to law enforcement and several traffic-related offenses.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404