Williamsburg Police: Man charged with attempted murder after shooting

A 33-year-old was charged with attempted murder after officers say he shot at a man in a hotel parking lot Sunday, according to Williamsburg police.

The Williamsburg man, Brian Keith Lyons, was arrested in the parking lot shortly after officers arrived on scene in the 900 block of Capitol Landing Road, according to police. 

About 2:15 p.m., officers responded to a report of shots fired. 

The victim, a neighbor of Lyons, was not injured. He told officers that Lyons pointed the gun at him and fired, hitting a vehicle parked between them, police said. 

A witness told officers where to find a loaded .40 caliber handgun allegedly dropped on the ground by Lyons, police said. 

Lyons was living in the hotel, Police spokesman Maj. Greg Riley said. 

His room was open and while officers were inside looking for anyone who may have been injured, they found what they believed to be drugs, police said. Officers later seized the drugs when they returned with a search warrant.

Because of this, and Lyons' "erratic behavior" when police found him, he was taken to the hospital to be evaluated “medically and mentally,” police said. 

Lyons is in custody at Virginia Regional Peninsula Jail.

He is charged with attempted murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, brandishing, reckless endangerment, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of firearms while in possession of certain substances, police said. 

Riley said there isn't any evidence that this incident is related to the shots-fired event on the campus of the College of William and Mary earlier Sunday morning. Five people were detained after that shooting.

Williams can be reached by phone at 757-345-2341.

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