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Rival gangs suspected in triple shooting

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The investigation into Sunday’s triple shooting in Spotsylvania County has led detectives to believe that shots rang out after an altercation between two rival gangs, police said.

No arrests have been made although investigators are following up on leads, Capt. Jeff Pearce of the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

The shooting started as people lingered in the parking lot after Kabab City Restaurant Bar and Grill had closed at 2 a.m.

Three men were wounded at about 2:20 a.m., shortly after a birthday party with a DJ had ended at Kabab City, which is in the Shops at Lee’s Hill near Four Mile Fork.

The Sheriff’s Office described it as a “go–go” party.

A detective was driving through the Lee’s Hill area when he heard several gunshots, Pearce said. The officer turned his vehicle around and saw scores of people scattering from a parking lot in the 10600 block of Spotsylvania Avenue.

Emergency personnel found a 24-year-old man from Colonial Beach lying in the parking lot, Pearce said. He was listed in serious condition Sunday.

An 18-year-old man from Maryland was taken to the hospital by bystanders before first responders arrived at the scene. He was listed in critical condition, Pearce said.

The third victim, a 33-year-old man from Spotsylvania, checked himself into Mary Washington’s emergency room with a single gunshot wound. His injury is not life-threatening, Pearce said.

The names of the injured are not being released for their safety, Pearce said. He also noted that witnesses were not cooperating with detectives.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 540/582-7115.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419