HANOVER, VA (WWBT) – An argument between family members turns into a gunfight forcing a Hanover neighborhood on lock down! It happened in the Battlefield Green subdivision on the 8200 block of Stockade Circle around 5 p.m. Monday evening.
Within minutes police had the home surrounded and 53 year old Joseph McLane was taken into custody. The victim is just 25 years old and police tell us McLane shot him in the leg but he is expected to be okay all thanks to help from neighbors.
"Whew! This has been a long afternoon," exclaimed neighbor, Debbie Amrhain.
It was a scary scene for people living in a Hanover County subdivision as they watched a domestic violence shooting take over their neighborhood. An argument between family members escalated into gunfire and complete strangers were caught in the middle.
"He told me that his dad had shot him in the leg," said Amrhain. "He kind of acted delirious and he said 'Do you have a phone?' He kind of scared me because I had never seen him before."
Amrhain was walking her dog when she was approached by the victim. She and other neighbors contacted police. Within minutes they had the home where the shooting took place surrounded. The suspect, Joseph McLane, was still inside.
"It's shocking!" added another neighbor. "First of all I didn't know what was going on they wouldn't let me down the street when I came home from work. I had to sit up in my car for an hour."
It was a frightening situation for some of these residents who have never seen this type of police activity in their neighborhood before. Moments later, McLane was escorted out of the home in handcuffs and placed in the back of a car.
"You've gotta be on the lookout everywhere you go. Regardless of where you live it can happen anywhere," said Amrhain.
Although domestic, this shooting comes as a lesson learned for these people who had always thought of their neighborhood as a safe one.
McLane has been charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. He is currently being held at the Pamunkey Regional Jail and scheduled for arraignment at 1:30 p.m. today.