Altavista Police arrest 2 in Main Street shooting

The Altavista Police have arrested two people in connection with the shooting that took place in Altavista this morning (Friday, June 10), announced Chief Tommy Merricks. The incident took place at approximately 9:30 a.m. on the 1000 block of Main Street.

While there were four victims targeted in the shooting, none of them sustained any injuries.

Merricks provided details about the arrested individuals. “Based on the investigation and after consultation with the Campbell County Commonwealth Attorney, Paul McAndrews, warrants were obtained on Shaquan O Dews, 19 of Altavista, charging him with four counts of attempted second degree murder in violation of SC 18.2-26/18.2-32, use of a firearm while attempting to commit murder in violation of 18.2-53.1, reckless handling of a firearm in violation of SC 18.2-56.1, and brandishing a firearm in violation of 18.2-282.”

As for the second individual, “Petitions were also obtained for a juvenile, who will not be named due to age, for four counts of attempted second degree murder in violation of SC 18.2-26/18.2-32, use of a firearm while attempting to commit murder in violation of 18.2-53.1, reckless handling of a firearm in violation of SC 18.2-56.1, and brandishing a firearm in violation of 18.2-282.”

The APD had arrested both individuals by around 6 p.m. on Friday.

Merricks further noted that “Dews was incarcerated at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg without bond, and the juvenile was held in detention.”

In the initial police report earlier today, the APD assured the community that “the incident was not a random act of violence, as parties were known to each other.”

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident – particularly video footage – is encouraged to call Investigator Donnie Osborne at (434) 369-7425. The APD has expressed appreciation for the community’s assistance, as well as the assistance that the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office has provided.

The chief offers a reminder to the public that “all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”