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Multiple arrests in Gainesville shooting investigation Jan. 30


Shooting Investigation *MULTIPLE ARRESTS – Upon further investigation by detectives with the Violent Crimes Bureau, detectives determined that the shooter, identified as a 19-year-old man of Bristow, made arrangements with four acquaintances to conduct a drug transaction.

As the group was travelling in a vehicle together in the area of Sudley Rd and Tallamore Estates Rd in Gainesville, the four acquaintances conspired to rob the 19-year-old man.

During the encounter, one of the acquaintances, identified as Peter Joseph WHITE, brandished a handgun and demanded his property. A short time later, WHITE attempted to shoot the 19-year-old man in the head. The gun malfunctioned, leading to a struggle during which the 19-year-old man brandished his own handgun and shot WHITE. The WHITE suspect then exited the vehicle along with the other three suspects.

The 19-year-old man drove away and turned himself in to police a short time later.

Both handguns were recovered by police. Following the investigation, detectives arrested WHITE and the three other acquaintances.

After consulting with the Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, detectives determined no charges will be placed against the 19-year-old man. The WHITE suspect remains hospitalized and is expected to make a full recovery. The investigation continues.

Charged on January 30:
Peter Joseph WHITE, 20, of 5555 Pageland Ave in Haymarket [No Photo Available]
Court Date: Pending | Status: Remains Hospitalized

Alexia Taylor BATES, 19, of 15205 Fleetwood Dr in Nokesville
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

A 17-year-old female juvenile of Gainesville [Juvenile]
A 16-year-old female juvenile of Haymarket [Juvenile]
Court Date: Pending | Status: Both juveniles were held at the Juvenile Detention Center

All were charged with attempted murder, attempted armed robbery, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony

Shooting Investigation [Previously Released] – On January 30 at 3:05AM, officers responded to the area of Sudley Rd and Tullamore Estates Rd in Gainesville (20155) to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived, they located an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper body.  The victim, identified as a 20-year-old man of Haymarket, was transported to an area hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries. The initial investigation by detectives with the Violent Crimes Bureau revealed that the victim, a 20-year-old man of Haymarket, and a male acquaintance were involved in a verbal altercation while driving in the above area. During the encounter, the victim was shot. The victim got out of the vehicle and the suspect initially fled the area before turning himself into police at the Paul T. White Police Station in Manassas. No charges have been placed at this time as detectives are still actively investigating this case. More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.


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