Shots fired in Caroline tied to feud that began at school
The Caroline Sheriff’s Office says they received a call on Sunday at 3:30 am from the Stafford Sheriff’s Office about a person with a gunshot wound to his leg. Stafford authorities said the shooting took place in Caroline.
Caroline investigators responded to Stafford Hospital to speak with the gunshot victim, 26 year-old Christopher Minor, of Stafford County. Investigators worked throughout the day and into the night, gathering evidence of this shooting.
Investigative findings indicated that this incident began with a fight at Caroline High School, two weeks prior to the shooting. The two Caroline students involved in the fight are believed to have been feuding with each other before and after the fight. Investigators believe that on January 8, 2023, Minor drove one of the juveniles involved in this feud to Lakeshore Trailer Park, for the purpose of confronting the other juvenile. When Minor and the juvenile arrived at Lakeshore Trailer Park, they were confronted by many people which led to a verbal altercation and shots being fired.
Based on witness statements, Caroline investigators and deputies executed a search warrant at a residence in the Lakeshore Trailer Park, where they recovered a handgun, believed to be owned by a juvenile resident of the home. That juvenile was arrested and charged with brandishing a firearm, reckless handling of a firearm, and attempted malicious wounding. The juvenile is currently being held at the Merrimac Detention Facility. Investigators also obtained a contributing to the delinquency of a minor arrest warrant for Christopher Minor. Minor is currently wanted for that offense.
As a result of this incident involving Caroline students, and in collaboration with Caroline County Public Schools, additional deputies were present at Caroline High School on Monday today, and the Sheriff’s Office is working with the schools for the purpose of attempting to avoid future problems related to this incident.
Caroline County Sheriff, Scott Moser said, “The safety of our children and communities are a top priority. We are working closely with Caroline County Public School staff and parents of those involved to ensure this problem does not continue to grow. I ask parents to please keep a watchful eye on your children and talk with them about handling difficult or confrontational situations. The CCSO is always willing to assist parents when needed, and I ask that anyone who receives information about problems such as these, that may pose a risk to our communities, please call the sheriff’s office at (804) 633-5400”.