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Willie Tyree Grant

Thursday, November 21, 2013

From Bulletin staff reports

Additional charges have been filed in connection with a shooting early Sunday on Third Street in Martinsville.

Willie Tyree Grant, 21, of 1124 Drewry Road, Martinsville, faces charges of conspire to maliciously shoot into a dwelling, discharge firearm from a motor vehicle, maliciously shoot into an occupied dwelling and discharge a firearm in city, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

Grant was jailed with no bond, the release said.

Police said previously that Grant was wounded in the incident Sunday.

According to Wednesday’s release, a 17-year-old also was charged with discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle, two counts of discharge firearm into an occupied building and one count of discharge firearm in a public place, the release said.

The juvenile, whose name was not released because of his or her age, was taken to the W.W. Moore Detention Center in Danville.

On Monday, police announced charges against Devin Laray Pritchett, 20, of 280 Martin Park, Axton. Pritchett was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, discharging a weapon from an occupied motor vehicle, conspiracy to shoot into an occupied dwelling and discharging a firearm in a public place.

He was jailed without bond, police have said.

Interim Martinsville Police Chief Eddie Cassady said Tuesday he hoped authorities will continue to receive information about the shooting on Third Street and an earlier incident on Pony Place. Cassady has declined to say whether the two incidents were related.

Eugene Laquan Jones, 20, of Martinsville, died at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital following the shooting on Third Street. His remains were taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for autopsy. The results have not been released.

Jones and Grant were found early Sunday in an Oldsmobile that had crashed into a utility pole on the 400 block of Third Street, Cassady has said.

He said the incident began around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, when police responded to 102 Pony Place to a reported shooting. A residence had been shot into, but there were no injuries there, authorities have said.

Officers then heard multiple gunshots at another location several streets over and went to Third Street, where they found Jones and Grant.

The investigation is continuing, and anyone with information is asked to call 403-5300 or Crimestoppers at 632-7463.

Rewards of up to $1,000 are available through Crimestoppers for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes. The amount of any reward depends on the substance of information given and the nature of the crime.


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