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Police: Man fired shotgun into crowd standing on sidewalk

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Posted at 3:43 PM, Jul 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-31 16:08:36-04

HOPEWELL, Va. — William Timothy Faust, 24, was charged with Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and Brandishing a Firearm following a weekend shooting in Hopewell. Four people, all acquaintances of the shooter, were injured when police said Faust fired a shotgun into a crowd of people on N. 7th Avenue just after midnight.

“A small crowd of people were gathered near the sidewalk. A car pulled up to the intersection and discharged a single shotgun blast from inside the vehicle. Four victims were stuck by pellets from the shotgun. All sustained non-life threatening injuries, and they were treated at local hospitals,” Hopewell Police indicated in an email. “Faust is an acquaintance of the victims. The incident began as a verbal altercation that turned physical. Faust then retrieved a shotgun and discharged a single round that struck the victims.”

Anyone with additional information about this shooting was asked to call Hopewell/Prince George Crime Solvers at 804-541-2202.