M16, face may figure in Shifflett wounds
An unconfirmed report suggests that, in addition to suffering torso wounds, manhunt target Elvis Gene Shifflett received at least one wound to the face, according to an Albemarle County man who was monitoring emergency scanner conversations shortly after the Shifflett shooting.
"A man spoke of a 'major exit wound to the face' and used the word 'mandible,'" says the listener, who was tuned to the scanner around 6:10pm Friday, shortly after Shifflett was shot. The scanner-monitor, well known as a reliable source to the Hook and the community, spoke on condition of anonymity.
Shifflett, 38, is accused of attempting to shoot his ex-girlfriend around Court Square on October 13. The manhunt for him included two school lockdowns: one at Albemarle's Walton Middle School on October 18 and another at Monticello High School when police were in pursuit on October 20. Shifflett, who had been described as armed and dangerous before his arrest, was captured near Brook Hill Drive after he was shot by two City of Charlottesville police officers.
Among the details heard by the scanner-monitor was that at least one of the wounds came from an M16, a powerful military-grade semi-automatic. City spokesman Ric Barrick said he was unaware of the type of weapon, and City police chief Tim Longo plans a press conference for 3pm today.
Virginia State Police are investigating the shooting. "We're not releasing information," says Sgt. David Cooper when asked whether Shifflett was shot with an M16. Nor could Cooper provide details about Shifflett's condition.
UPDATE: Shifflett is in serious condition as of today, according to UVA Medical Center spokesperson Megan Rowe. "State Police asked us to not release his condition," she says. "Today is the first day we were allowed to release information." Shifflett was shot Friday, October 20.