Court docs: Newport News man indicted by grand jury after alleged May shooting

Staff Writer

A Newport News man was arrested after a grand jury in the Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court indicted him on charges in connection with a May shooting in James City.

Vontae Darrell Travers, 22, has been indicted and charged with malicious wounding, shooting a firearm from a vehicle and shooting a firearm in a public place causing injury, according to Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court online records.

On May 25, James City County Police Department officers were called to a fight that resulted in gunshots in the Forest Glen neighborhood, according to an original criminal complaint.

The initial investigation determined Travers likely fired the shots, the complaint said.

When officers later attempted to perform a traffic stop on Travers, he fled on foot and dropped a .40 caliber handgun on his way, according to the complaint. The magazine for the pistol was missing eight rounds of ammunition, the complaint said.

Travers family members told police he had gotten into a fight at a party with a woman, according to the complaint. When his mother picked him up from the party Travers shot multiple rounds out of the vehicle as she drove away.

Three juveniles were in the vehicle at the time, a 17-year-old boy, a 16-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, the complaint said.

After the incident, a 37-year-old man was identified as a victim of the shooting: he was at a Sentara hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg, according to James City County Police Department spokeswoman Stephanie Williams.

Travers was served arrest warrants for the charges in general district court in June and released on a $5,000 secure bond, according to Williams and court records.

On Oct. 30, prosecutors dropped the charges in general district court only to have a grand jury to indict him two weeks later to take the case to the higher court.

Travers was served arrest warrants for the indictments in circuit court on Wednesday and released on a $5,000 unsecured bond, according to court filings.

The court has ordered him to appear before a judge on Dec. 5 at 9 a.m. to discuss attorney arrangements, according to online court records.

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