Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office 1st Sgt. James Konicki said that the two men shot in the parking lot of the Spotsylvania Towne Centre were involved in a drug deal that turned violent. He said a large amount of marijuana has been recovered.
Mathew Johnson, 29, of Spotsylvania County has been charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to sell and Travis Burley, 25, of Richmond has been charged with malicious wounding, he said.
Konicki said investigators originally had thought the incident was a gun deal that went wrong. A gun was also taken as evidence. Investigators also thought a fourth person was invovled in the incident, but now believe only three were involved.
He said that a third unknown black male was with Burley. That suspect is described as a thin black male. Konicki said Burley and the unknown male met Johnson at the Spotsylvania Towne Center mall parking lot to allegedly buy drugs.
Burley and the unknown male got into Johnson's vehicle and while in the vehicle they got into some sort of argument, said Konicki. Burley allegedly pulled out a gun and a scuffle ensued, he said. Johnson was shot in the left calf and left hand. Burley was accidentally shot in his left hand. Both suspects are at Mary Washington Hospital. The shooting happened between 7 and 8 p.m. Wednesday.
There were two crimes scenes—one at the mall and one near the Best Western, where one of the suspects parked his car and called 911 while he was bleeding on the sidewalk, said Sheriff Roger Harris.
Konicki said additional charges are pending. The Fredericksburg Police Department is assisting in the investigation looking for witnesses at the Best Western and America's Best Value Hotel. Officers are going door-to-door to the hotels.