Shots fired at Days Inn

Published 12:59 pm Thursday, December 13, 2018

Shots were fired through a door of a room at Days Inn at 2015 S. Main St. Wednesday morning, according to police and an occupant in the room at the time of the shooting.

There were no injuries as a result of the shooting, according to Deputy Chief and Captain William Hogan and Corey Vitale-Rose, an occupant in the room and witness.

According to Vitale-Rose, he, his friend who stopped by, his stepfather, his stepfather’s girlfriend and his dog were at a room at Days Inn at the time of the shooting. Vitale-Rose’s girlfriend, who was also staying at the room, was at the store at the time the shooting occurred.

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Vitale-Rose said he heard banging on the door early Wednesday morning, he estimated close to 6 a.m.

He said he and his friend opened the door and had a gun pointed at them. Police said there were two people who knocked at the door.

Vitale-Rose said an assailant told them to put Vitale-Rose’s dog away.

Vitale said when his friend shut the door, an assailant shot two bullets through the door of the room, one he said ricocheted off the ceiling.

Police said assailants fled the scene after shooting the door twice.

Vitale-Rose said the assailant never entered the room, did not steal anything and no one in the room was injured.

Vitale-Rose said he nor any of the occupants of the room knew the assailant.

Captain William Hogan with the Farmville Police Department said the department received a call about shots being fired on South Main Street at 5:02 a.m.

Hogan said officers were on scene Wednesday morning interviewing witnesses and gathering information. He said the department is expected to release more information once the situation has been further investigated.

Hogan confirmed there were no injuries, and nothing had been stolen from the room.

Vitale-Rose and Hogan confirmed that a search warrant had been issued for the room following the reported shooting.

According to the affidavit for search warrant provided by the Prince Edward County Circuit Court Office, the warrant was directed toward Room 110 of Days Inn at 2015 S. Main St. for the purposes of searching for “marijuana, marijuana residue, drug paraphernalia, items used to manufacture/distribute drugs (to include chemicals, packaging materials) and illegal drugs/narcotics.” The applicant was Detective A.R. Bappert with the Farmville Police Department.

Vitale-Rose said Wednesday that the shooter’s actions were random, and said that no drugs were involved in the incident.

According to reports within the affidavit, police conducted a search of the room. The report cited smelling the odor of marijuana. The report cited police seeing a can of butane fuel on the shelf near the sink. The report also cited two tweezers and a box of sandwich baggies next to the butane fuel. A small plastic baggie was located in the toilet, according to the report.

The report also cited police opening a book bag, where acetone and a green leaf like material believed to be marijuana was found.

The report cited that the search was stopped and police spoke to the occupants of the room again. The report cited that all of the occupants said the bag “did not belong to them, and must be someone else’s.”

“The baggies are commonly used for packaging of drugs when they are sold,” the report cited. “The butane and acetone are precursors for the manufacturing of methamphetamine.”