New Details in Culpeper Triple Shooting

Woman's murder was first homicide in five years

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    Police believe suspect committed murder with a shotgun.

    Culpeper police released new details Tuesday in a triple shooting that resulted in the town’s first murder in five years.

    Patricia Adams,31,was shot and killed late Saturday afternoon in her apartment in the 600 block of Willis Lane. A second victim, a 43-year-old Culpeper man, was also shot and remains in critical condition at a Virginia hospital. Police are withholding his identity. 

    Investigators believe both victims were shot by Gary Willie, 50, of Catlett. Willie then apparently shot himself in the head. He is on life support in the ICU at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He had been romantically involved with Patricia Adams, but she reportedly broke up with Willie the day before her murder, police said.

    Willie and the unidentified victim arrived at Adams’ apartment together, police said, but declined further comment on their relationship, citing the ongoing investigation.

    Prior to Saturday, Culpeper’s last homicide involved a case of murder-suicide on October 22, 2006.