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City woman accused of firing early morning shots
A city woman is accused of startling her neighbors on two different occasions Friday morning by firing rounds from a shotgun.
City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said officers first went to Stonewall Drive in Confederate Ridge at 4:50 a.m., after receiving reports of multiple shots being fired. The callers weren’t sure where the shots had come from, and police were unable to find a suspect or anything suspicious at that time.
Bledsoe said officers returned to the neighborhood about 8 a.m. for another report of shots being fired. This time a witness reported seeing a person walking from one house to another carrying a long gun.
An officer located the person at her home and found evidence that she was the one who fired the shots both times. The second time, she shot through the back door of her sister’s house, which is next door to hers. The sister’s house was unoccupied at the time.
There was no indication that anything was struck during the initial round of shooting, police said.
Mary Cabell Silvey, 54, was charged with two counts of discharging a firearm in the city, two counts of reckless handling of a firearm and one count of felony destruction of property.
She was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.
The shotgun has been confiscated by police, Bledsoe said.
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