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A man walking on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail in Leesburg Wednesday evening reportedly felt a projectile pellet hit him after he had heard gunfire, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded around 7:40 p.m. to the 40000 block of Graydon Manor Lane and located two men who had been allegedly skeet shooting on their property, just north of the trail.

Authorities say the complainant did not sustain any injuries, and the case against the alleged gunmen — whose names have not been released — is pending.

In December, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of amending county ordinance with the goal of curbing errant gunfire.

Per the updated code, projectiles may not be fired within 100 yards of “all occupied structures” and may not cross into adjacent properties without the owners’ permission.

(68) comments

ExitRamp

Police have arrested a pedestrian who blatantly stopped a bullet fired by a citizen exercising his 2nd amendment rights. He has been charged with felony obstruction. Police are now searching for other pedestrians in the area that may have been involved. Witnesses observing any person with blood-stained clothing and in a prone position are asked to call the police.

Jeanne T

amerigirl said:

"you can't just lump people together, that would be like saying that republicans, white national and N a zi's are all the same ."

Well, no kidding. Let it be written in stone.

amerigirl

There are those that post here that think anyone that doesn't think like them s part of some big group and perceive than as the enemy. The us or them attitude does't fit everyone. How do you feel about that do you think Antifa and Dems are the same classification of people?

ExitRamp

@AG

---> "that think anyone that doesn't think like them s part of some big group and perceive than as the enemy."

It's called paranoia. What they don't know is that we now know who they are and we're coming to get them.

amerigirl

and pretty dumb too. One of the people that posts here tried to hack my account thinking they would let him reset my password and he could take over. Idiot didn't realize that they send it to the email of the person with the account not the person doing the request. It took him 5 tries before he either gave up or figured it out, according to all the "how to reset your password" notices I got.

Loudoun Observer

Too many of you need to move back to Fairfax. Nothing terrible like this ever happens there.

amerigirl

and there are laws here that are supposed to keep it from happening here

Jeanne T

Laws don't stop criminals from engaging in criminal acts. They only tell us what we should or shouldn't do, and responsible governments uphold the laws and punish the lawbreakers.

amerigirl

and I hope they do.

marv

After reading so many foolish comments, I have to question - what was the size of the pellet? - a singe pellet from a skeet load??, how far was he from where the shooting took place? - "shooting skeet" has been used to describe a multitude of shotgun use, I would like a full description - What was the distance to the property

lines from the shooting spot?: There are to many unanswered questions and facts to warrant a sensible comment.

Loudounest

Try this comment, Once again someone has been shot in Loudoun County. Let's assume shooting is a sport. Who is policing their own to prevent such life threatening encounters once a again? Answer nobody or very little. The result can be traced to a "blue Virginia" and a "blue Loudoun County" who are passing laws and ordinances to fill the void. Time has passed to whine about the second amendment, parading in public with rifles and yes shooting like you own everything. Gun owners must accept their actions shooting targets and political change in Virginia. Welcomed to the new world! Surprised?

Mike Kay

marv: I'm sure the victim will be a lot more forgiving if he/she was hit with "skeet pellets". Everyone should expect that, right?

LeesburgFan

I happened to be on the trail at the time the shootings were occurring. I actually sped up on my bike heading west towards Hamilton so as to exit the area asap. It was loud and close and I had at least a smidgen of concern for my own safety. Upon my eastbound return it was nearing dusk, there were two police cruisers on the trail with one man, likely the victim, searching on the ground, for what I'm sure was evidence. Not sure if any was found. This incident is totally plausible, however, this is an area of heavy woods, the pellets would have to travel though the dense woods.......but the shootings were definitely close to the trail.

rational

You people need to find something to do; way too much anger over a small event.

Voltaire

Rational--apparently you do as well as you are commenting on this site about this article.

amerigirl

The small event may keep a large event from happening. There are laws to protect the public and they don't apply to most people, they apply to everyone.

hardestworkingamerican

Why would you walk outside? I swear liberals think they can just do anything.

amerigirl

What is wrong with walking outside? Why would you have to be a liberal to do it? Liberals this liberals that, you need to open your mind

David Dickinson

1. "felt a projectile pellet" Does that mean buckshot? What exactly is a "projectile pellet?" I'm not clear the person was struck by some kind of shot.

2. If stupid drones can fly over your house because you don't own the airspace, then how do you own the airspace when it is a bullet? Answer, you don't, and the law is illegal.

Mike Kay

David Dickinson: Do you think being shot warrants a tiny bit more attention than a drone? Yours is the kind of thinking that inspires more restrictive gun laws. Good thing too!

David Dickinson

Being shot does. Violating the air space that you don't own does not.

amerigirl

You are also looking at 2 different jurisdictions, The BOS and the FAA

Yeah, we shoot this stuff into the air..and are the people claiming to be hit by it giving us enough detail? I don't believe them. They could have poked holes in themselves and then used that to discredit us American gun owners who value liberty and justice for ourselves. Your rights? Uh...not so much.

David Dickinson

I'm thinking they got hit by bits of clay falling out of the sky. Deep diving journalism this ain't.

amerigirl

Does it matter? It shouldn't have happened and you should not be shooting near residences, the trail backs up to homes.

amerigirl

The law says what distance you have to be away from residences for a reason and even the stupid can figure out why.

NOT a Liberal

The liberal rag introduces a little extra drama for impact: the alleged "gunmen". How about get a little more woke..."gun-person".

CindyLou

NOT a Liberal....it was probably some flaming radical gun toting hillbillies trying to have a little fun. Give us liberals a break.

Voltaire

Cindy Lou--First, the poster NOT a Liberal is referring to the political angle of the LTM, not the shooter. Second, this story involves a criminal infraction, and now the individual(s) that will be processed by the criminal justice system should no longer be considered either "Republican" or "Democrat" but rather as "Defendant".

Mike Kay

CindyLou: Probably some of those Tea Billies (Tea Party Hillbillies) who inadvertently shot up their neighbors house's, and then blamed the developers for locating the new homes too close to the gun toting morons. :)

Voltaire

Mike Kay--there is absolutely ZERO information to support your premise as to who was charged with the criminal infraction. Furthermore, there is ZERO reference to the County's zoning policies and real estate development. [offtopic]

Mike Kay

NOT a Liberal: By "liberal" you must mean RATIONAL. Ah, to be so simple minded as to be able to distill the entire political spectrum down to TWO opposite choices while ignoring the 98% of the universe that lives in between. Must make life a lot more..."simple".

Voltaire

Mike Kay--so, by your logic, then only liberals are rational? That is flawed as there are other people on the other side of the political spectrum that are rational as well. Doesn't fit into your political narrative but factually accurate.

NOT a Liberal

Yes indeed...the Liberal Antifa are quite rational. And the Liberals in congress and the senate that call Antifa peaceful protesters (or don't talk about them at all) are quite rational.

Mike Kay

Voltaire: There ya go! Are liberals the only ones opposed to getting shot by random fire? I doubt it, therefore your presumption is false.

Mike Kay

NOT a Liberal: Antifa have nothing to do with liberals, they're extremists. Just as I wouldn't presume that all conservatives are white supremacists, but I'll make an exception in your case.

amerigirl

Nota, you can't just lump people together, that would be like saying that republicans, white national and N a zi's are all the same . Educate yourselves.

amerigirl

Nota, it's people like you who have to blame the left especially Antifa for everything because you are so narrow minded. Just like when on May 29, two federal security officers guarding a courthouse in Oakland, California, were ambushed by machine-gun fire as elsewhere in the city demonstrators marched peacefully protesting. conservative news broadcasters pinned the blame on “antifa,” turned out to be a 32-year-old Air Force sergeant named Steven Carrillo, a Boogaloo boy from the far right.

Voltaire

Mike Kay--not so fast. Your initial premise is as follows: NOT a Liberal: By "liberal" you must mean RATIONAL." That logic is false. Not everyone who is a liberal must be rationale. Furthermore, the inverse is true. Not everyone who is conservative is irrational. Let's stick with the topic or is that too difficult? As to your newest "premise", that premise is also flawed as nobody wants to get hit by random fire. However, nice diversion but that fell flat too.

Mike Kay

Voltaire: False because there are people who DO want to be hit by random fire?! Thanks for the weekend entertainment. PS, you're not nearly as important as you think you are. :)

Voltaire

Mike Kay--maybe you need a refresher course in reading comprehension. I stated "nobody wants to get hit by random fire." Not a hard concept to consider no? As for your "PS", yeah right, grow up as name calling is so juvenile/trite.

amerigirl

They said it was 2 men.

Lawman

This is what happens when you have Republicans running things. They let these idiots with guns tskeet shooting in the middle of the Town of Leesburg. But now with Democrats running the show, somebody’s going to be held criminally responsible and the rules will be changed. If you own a gun, show some responsibility so the rest of us responsible gun owners are not penalized.

Voltaire

Lawman--Politics have zero involvement in this incident. This is a simple criminal infraction. You cannot say that because Democrats are running "the show" that somebody will be held liable. A violation of the criminal code will be investigated/prosecuted by the criminal justice system irrespective of there is a Democrat or Republican "in charge". That is how the system works. I do agree with your last statement about gun responsibility though.

Lawman

Apparently you have not been paying attention to the last several incident of gun fire leaving one persons property and hitting another. Our Republican Sheriff and CA did not press charges. That will change.

Voltaire

Lawman--maybe before you make a statement that is blatantly false you should consider learning how law enforcement terminology works. The article said the case against the gunmen are PENDING. It did not say that the case was DISMISSED or NO CHARGES WERE FILED. Simply put, the matter IS being processed by the County Sheriff and the Commonwealth's Attorney. Good grief.

Mike Kay

Voltaire: Politics have nothing to do with gun laws? I'll bet there are 100s of thousands, of ammo sexuals in VA alone, who would disagree.

Voltaire

Mike Kay—please keep up. Lawman made the following initial statement: “This is what happens when you have Republicans running things……But now with Democrats running the show, somebody’s going to be held criminally responsible and the rules will be changed.” My response was that it doesn’t matter if Democrats or Republicans are “running the show” that somebody will be held liable as the action is a violation of the criminal code and it will be investigated/prosecuted by the criminal justice system irrespective of there is a Democrat or Republican “in charge”. That is how the system works. It should be noted that the current Commonwealth Attorney for Loudoun County is a Democrat and the current County Sheriff is a Republican. Is there ANY reference in the article, which discusses a criminal investigation about improper shooting in Leesburg about gun laws and the politics associated with them? No. That is [offtopic]

amerigirl

Volt, what Lawman is saying is that the past incidences, and there were many over the year which hit homes garages and a person who wasn't injured that no charges were filed.

Voltaire

AG--OK. However, does anyone know the basis as to why the Commonwealth's Attorney elected to not charge/prosecute? No. I do know that there are many variables that a prosecutor has to take into account before charging an individual of a crime. It may have been that these other incidents may have not enough evidence to support the charge. That does happen, quite often, in the criminal justice system.

amerigirl

Volt, Two homes north of Leesburg near Lucketts were struck multiple times by gunshots in Aug, 2018 were also target shooters. They were not charged. May 2018, bullets fired from an outdoor shooting area hit three homes in Aldie. More stray bullets hit one home during a baby shower in Oct. 2018. It was getting out of hand. But last Sept. a woman had her arm grazed while she was outside with her children. That came from a group of four men and women were target shooting at a farm on Gables Farm Lane, that one had charges. It looks to me if there is no actual person hit there are no charges because in another case a man was in his garage when a bullet entered but missed him and there were no charges but the shooter promised to pay for repairs.

Voltaire

AG—No. What I am saying that the Commonwealth’s Attorney may have used prosecutorial discretion in determining whether to file charges in those previous incidents. Do you or anyone else have the investigating officer’s report on those past incidents? No. How you know what type of case and supporting evidence that the Sheriff’s investigator provided to the Commonwealth Attorney? You don’t. The Commonwealth’s Attorney, as county prosecutor, may have a variety of reasons for the use of prosecutorial discretion in determining whether or not to press charges. One reason that a prosecutor may decide not to file charges against a defendant is a lack of evidence. A prosecutor has the burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt any charges they file against a defendant, so if the evidence isn't there or it's shaky, they may decide against filing the charges. So, from the legal perspective, they were addressed just not the way that most people want. The legal system is supposed to be objective and focused on rules/procedures/evidence not on popular opinion.

amerigirl

Volt, I have to disagree with you about it not being political. The NRA has financially back many of the republicans in this county including Comstock when she ran against Wexton, she benefited greatly from them. The current sheriff may be republican but the attorney is dem. The gun laws changed because of dems, county wide and statewide.

Voltaire

AG--this case is a simple case of a criminal infraction committed by either an individual or a pair of individuals. The fact that the gun laws were changed by the legislative body (Board of Supervisors and/or General Assembly) is not relevant to the investigation/prosecution of this individual case. Furthermore, the legislative body, as an institution, made those changes to the law, not the Democratic political party. Finally, again, as this article is about a current criminal case in Leesburg, there is ZERO relevance as to the role that NRA played in the last Congressional Race.

amerigirl

Volt, I understand that it was single incident. A new addition was added by the BOS of Loudoun and is for Loudoun not the entire state; “The discharge of firearms for recreational or target shooting purposes shall be conducted in such a manner as to ensure that projectiles do not leave the boundaries of the property or parcel upon which the shooting is occurring, unless permission to do so has been granted by the owner of the property or parcel upon which the projectile lands. A projectile leaving the boundaries of the property or parcel shall beprima facieevidence of a violation of this section.” You have limited yourself to this case and we were saying that past circumstances were not addressed. In those circumstances the people shooting were found and it was never taken to court. Saying that a predominantly democratic dominant BOS is not acting in the party wishes is just twisting it a little.

Voltaire

AG—No. You stated in an earlier posting that “…The gun laws changed because of dems, county wide and statewide.” What I am saying from a constitutional law perspective, is that the idea that “Democrats” changed the law is factually incorrect. As I have stated, from a constitutional perspective, it does not matter what political party is in office at the time, as the political party does NOT do anything with regards to changing the law. It is the legislative body whether that be the Board of Supervisors (for the County of Loudoun) or the General Assembly (for Commonwealth of Virginia).

Chris McHale

You forgot to mention race and the revolution (as opposed to Prince & the Revolution).

Lawman

I like Prince cuz

Loudoun Observer

They even gave you the address and you still just make things up. Right in the "middle of the town of Leesburg"? Actually it's unlikely they will be charged because they were in the middle of the woods nowhere near the middle of the town and not within 100 yards of an occupied dwelling. But hey... don't let pesky facts get in the way of the socialist narrative.

LoudounPulse

Their shot crossed into another property (the W&OD property) without permission. So they will be held responsible and end up in court.

My 2nd Amendment rights are infinite in my mind. Stay away if you're worried about being shot. Oh wait...you weren't on my property. Oh well, that's what infinite means. You, you have no rights when it comes to being shot. Sorry, that's what Benjamin Franklin and rest of the founding fathers had in mind. I don't make the rules...

Mike Kay

MAGA! LOL! "MAH LIBERTEES! MAH FREEDUMBS!"

Voltaire

Mike Kay--a tad juvenile, no?

amerigirl

Humor, volt, humor. let it go

Mike Kay

Voltaire: No more so than the libertarian knuckleheads littering the Loudoun landscape, and beyond, who don't recognize anyone else's "liberties".

amerigirl

LOL

LoudounPulse

Somebody is in big trouble.

Loudounest

[innocent] my thoughts and prayers go out to you and to the 2nd amendment of God given rights.

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