Search Warrants: Robbery May Have Led to Mall Parking Lot Shooting
One of the men charged in Wednesday's shooting in the parking lot of the Spotsylvania Towne Centre said he was getting robbed by the other man who has been charged. The third suspect at large is only known as "Deuce."
Two search warrants filed in Spotsylvania Circuit Court provide additional details of Wednesday's shooting in the parking lot of the Spotsylvania Towne Centre.
According to the search warrants, Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office detectives found a 40-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun on the front seat of a green 2000 Ford Crown Victoria that is registered to Travis Burley, 25, of Richmond. Burley was charged with malicious wounding and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. The warrant states that detectives also found a spent bullet casing and a magazine for the 40-caliber gun.
Deputies who responded to the mall found Burley suffering from a gunshot wound to his left hand.
Matthew James Johnson, who was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, was located at the America Best Value Inn, in front of the mall, suffering from a gunshot wound to his left calf and left hand. Parked near Johnson was a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban that had blood stains on the interior and exterior of the vehicle. Deputies found in the trash can of America Best Value Inn almost a pound of marijuana with blood stains on the bag.
"Matthew said that he had driven the 2007 Chevrolet Suburban to the hotel after being shot," the warrant states. "Det. Short of the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division states that Matthew Johnson said that he was at the Spotsylvania Towne Centre where he was introduced to Travis Burley by a subject who he only knew as "Deuce." Matthew stated Travis got into his Suburban and once he shows the cash Travis pulled out a gun trying to rob him. Matthew said that there was a struggle over the gun and that [sic] when the shots went off striking him."
The warrant states Johnson told detectives that he had about $700 in cash in the center console of his Suburban.
"Det. Short said that when interviewing Travis Burley, Travis said that he was there to purchase a gun from Matthew Johnson. Travis also admitted to there being a subject named "Deuce" there during the incident. Travis said that the gun went off during the deal and both he and Matthew got shot."