Three face charges after opening fire on each other in Smithfield

SMITHFIELD, Va. (WVEC) -- Isle of Wight Sheriff's deputies say no one was hurt after an apparent gun battle broke out between several men in the Smithfield Heights neighborhood on Wednesday morning.

Officials received multiple calls of shots fired around 11:44 a.m. in the 14000 block of Melissa Drive.  Responding deputies could still hear the gunshots as they arrived on scene.

During their investigation, deputies learned multiple individuals had been shooting at each other, but remarkably, no injuries have been reported. House and property damage is still being assessed.

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the shootings.

23-year-old John Lee Butler III of Smithfield is charged with:

  • Robbery - From event that occurred on 12/19/2017 in Red Oaks
  • Uses of a Firearm in commission of felony  - From event that occurred on 12/19/2017 in Red Oaks
  • Street Gang Predicated crime acting for gang
  • Uses of a Firearm in commission of felony
  • Attempted murder 2nd Degree 
  • Reckless Handling of a Firearm - Misdemeanor
  • Maliciously shooting at occupied vehicle
  • Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute  over 1/2 oz under 5 lbs

32-year-old Andre Deangelo Towns of Smithfield is charged with:

  • Uses of a Firearm in commission of felony (3 counts)
  • Attempted murder 2nd Degree 
  • Reckless Handling of a Firearm - Misdemeanor
  • Maliciously shooting at occupied Building
  • Possession of a firearm by convicted

25-year-old James Howard Wrenn Jr. was charged with the foll owing:

  • Uses of a firearm in the commission of a felony
  • Second-degree attempted murder
  • Maliciously shooting at occupied building
  • Maliciously shooting at occupied vehicle
  • Reckless handling of a firearm - Misdemeanor
  • Possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute under 1/2 oz.

All three suspects are currently held without bond at Western Tidewater Regional Jail.

The investigation is still ongoing, and detectives ask that anyone with information on this crime call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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