Fauquier County

Suspects in Virginia Walmart Parking Lot Shooting Tried Buying Marijuana With Fake Cash: Sheriff

Police say all four suspects have been arrested

A shooting at a Walmart parking lot that injured two people in Fauquier County, Virginia, was likely the result of a drug deal gone awry, authorities say.

A man and a woman were shot at the Walmart at 700 James Madison Highway in Warrenton the evening of Nov. 5, a spokesperson for the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office said.

The victims were in a confrontation with someone while they were inside a car when a suspect shot them, the sheriff's office said. Four suspects took off in a white Acura, and the victims went to the nearby Home Depot parking lot on Alwington Boulevard to call 911.

Medics took the victims to a hospital. They both were expected to be OK.

As the investigation unfolded, deputies responded to a crash at the intersection of Ritchie Road and Elk Run Road in the Midland area. One of the vehicles involved, a white Acura, matched the description of the suspect's car.

The suspected shooter and three other people who were inside the Acura ran off after the crash, the sheriff's office said. Deputies apprehended two of them and said the following morning they had caught all four suspects involved.

The sheriff's office said a resident in the area of the crash later found counterfeit money on their property. Authorities believe the suspects hid the fake cash, and possibly a handgun, in the area while they tried to evade deputies.

Authorities are asking residents near the intersection of Richie Road and Elk Run Road to call 540-347-3300 immediately if they find any money or a firearm on their property.

"Don’t touch it, certainly don’t spend it, and if it’s a firearm leave it there and report it immediately," the sheriff's office said in a release.

Two juveniles and two men are facing two counts of malicious wounding, shooting into an occupied vehicle and use of a firearm during a felony.

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