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Shots Fired Investigation Leads to Charges in Winchester

5 November 2019 Winchester Frederick County News

November 5, 2019

WINCHESTER – A suspect in a Frederick County Sheriff’s “shots fired” investigation into a Sept. 23 shooting has been found.

James Bailey McKeegan has been charged with five felony counts each of: malicious/unlawful shooting, shooting into an occupied dwelling and shooting from an occupied vehicle. The 20 year old and one other accomplice drove up next to a home on Old Baltimore Rd. on the night of Sept. 23 and fired multiple bullets in the direction of the residence. None of the six residents within the family home were harmed in the shooting, but damage was observed to a parked car outside and to the structure of the home. Frederick County Sheriff’s responded to a “shots fired” call shortly after the event.

The Sheriff’s Office investigation led them to believe that the shooting was intentional, and targeted at one or more of the occupants of the home. The Frederick County Sheriff’s joined the Virginia State Police Northwest Regional Drug Task Force to complete an investigation into the event that ended on Nov. 1. The Sheriff’s Office arrested McKeegan late last week, he is being held at the Northwest Regional Adult Detention Center. The firearms used by the perpetrators have also been recovered.

The second person involved in the shooting has been charged with the same felony counts as McKeegan, but was not identified in a statement from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office. An arrest warrant for the second individual is still active.


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