A Williamsburg man has been charged with attempted malicious wounding after police say he shot another man in a Merrimac Trail neighborhood Sunday morning.
Nicholas Caleb Goff, 28, was charged with attempted malicious wounding and unlawful use of a firearm, according to a Williamsburg Police Department news release.
Williamsburg police officers responded to a report of a shooting shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday on Priorslee Lane, Williamsburg Police Department spokesman Charles Ericsson said in an email.
The victim was shot once in the stomach. The victim was taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center and is expected to survive, the release said.
Police tape surrounded a home on Priorslee Lane at around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The small neighborhood of townhomes off Merrimac Trail was quiet on the overcast afternoon.
A male suspect, later identified as Goff, was taken into custody and transported to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail and booked at 9:57 p.m. on Sunday. Goff remained at the home after the alleged shooting and was quickly taken into custody, Ericsson said.
The victim and Goff knew each other through a woman, Ericsson said.
Sloan Sawyer was outside with her dog Luna just a few doors down from the taped-off townhome Sunday afternoon.
Sawyer was at Harris Teeter earlier in the day and missed the shooting. She was surprised to learn the shooting occurred.
“We’re usually a safe neighborhood, so it’s sad when stuff happens like that,” said Sawyer, who said she had lived in the neighborhood for about six years. She didn’t know who lived at the cordoned-off home.
Goff remained in the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail on Tuesday, according to jail records.
Goff has a criminal history in Greater Williamsburg, according to online court records. He has previously been charged with petit larceny, trespassing, failing to appear in court, and evading and eluding police. He is due to appear in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court on March 21 for traffic charges.
If you or anyone you know may have any information regarding the incident call the Crime Line at 1-888 LOCK-U-UP.
Steve Roberts Jr contributed reporting.
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