Night of violence shakes Charlottesville
Four people have been arrested and charged in the Saturday morning homicide of 19-year-old Joshua Magruder. Today in a press conference, Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo released information about last weekend's spate of shootings in the city.
At approximately 2:51am Saturday, police found Magruder's lifeless body on the 700 block of Sixth Street SE. The four charged with Magruder's death– Bobby Wayne Gardner Jr., 25 (pictured left), Trenton Michael Brock, 20 (right) Theodore Calvin Timberlake, 20 (below left), and Rachel Turner, 25– were arrested in a motel room on Emmet Street in Albemarle County at 8pm Sunday, where they were "holed up," according to Longo.
"They were arrested without incident," Longo said. "They surrendered themselves."
After a bond hearing this morning, Turner, charged with being accessory to a crime, was released on $5,000 bond, while the three men were held without bond and charged with first-degree murder. Gardner is also charged with possessing a firearm after previously being convicted of a felony.
While still trying to sort through the facts of the case, police have determined that Magruder was shot multiple times and appeared to be running when he fell. Police also believe that the people involved knew each other. Longo declined to speculate on gang involvement.
"There was clearly a relationship between all parties, and it's fair to say that they could be characterized as gang members," he said. "It is, however, undetermined if it had anything to do with gangs, and the individuals have not been validated as gang members.
Longo did not dismiss the idea of the homicide being connected to shootings on Page Street that occurred at 7pm Saturday and sent an 18-year-old Charlottesville resident to the UVA Medical Center. Eighteen-year-old Calvin Earl Maupin and 22-year-old Robert Jason Burrell are being held without bond and have racked up multiple felony charges, including shooting into an occupied vehicle. The victim is being treated for a gunshot wound to the chest and is expected to recover.
"It's premature at this stage, with a trial pending, to say to what extent they are related," Chief Longo said.
Police have recovered a total of four firearms from the weekend's shootings– two from the homicide and two from the shootings on Page Street. While all suspects are in custody, police are still working to understand the circumstances surrounding both shootings.