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WCSO and FRPD investigate a shooting that left one injured

Used by permission by the Warren County Office employee Sergeant Terry Fritts

The Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) was notified of a gunshot wound being treated at Warren Memorial Hospital (WMH) on May 19.

The investigation was turned over to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) once it was learned that the shooting occurred in the county.

Sheriff’s investigators report that they determined that the shooting took place in a vehicle traveling down Strasburg Road.

The occupants were traveling back from a gathering that included alcohol consumption that included the driver.

Along the way 19-year-old Nathaniel Liam Duncan produced a 9-millimeter clock handgun that no one in the vehicle knew he had.

Duncan who had also consumed alcohol, began to show off the weapon.

A passenger next to Duncan urged him to put the gun away as it was dangerous under those circumstances.

While Duncan was handling the gun it discharged through the driver’s seat and into the driver.

The female driver drove the others to a residence and left them.

She then drove to WMH for treatment of her wounds when she was reported to police.

Duncan was located at a county residence and taken into custody without incident.

The gun was found concealed in a shed on the same property.

Duncan has been charged with reckless use of a firearm resulting in serious bodily injury to another resulting in significant and permanent physical impairment.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to contact the WCSO.

Any information should be reported to Lieutenant M. Glavis of the WCSO at 540-635-7100 extension 1.

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