According to Accomack County Sheriff Larry Giddens, on Saturday, March 27 at approximately 5:32 p.m., the Accomack County Sheriffs Office received information regarding shots fired at the Chesapeake Square Plaza in Onley. Further investigation revealed that multiple gunshots were fired by suspects traveling within the plaza. One person was struck by one of the bullets. The victim was taken from the scene by personal vehicle to the Wine Rack convenience store in Onley where he was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and later transferred to another medical facility. The victim is listed in stable condition. Damage to the Food Lion store can be seen in the photograph pictured.
Sheriff Giddens stated that the suspects fled the scene by vehicle prior to deputies arrival; however, two vehicles believed to have been involved in the crime have been confiscated by the Accomack County Sheriffs Office.
Sheriff Giddens also noted that this shootout occurred on a Saturday evening at a shopping plaza where there were many innocent bystanders. The Sheriff's office is seeking any witnesses who are interested in helping to solve this crime. Any available information regarding this crime may not only assist in the apprehension of suspects but may help eliminate any future incidents of this nature. Anyone with information concerning this crime is asked to contact the Accomack County Sheriffs Office at 787-1131 or 824-5666.
The Accomack County Sheriffs Office was assisted by the Virginia State Police, Onley Police Department and the Onancock Police Department.