A 17-year-old Virginia boy believed to have shot and killed his mother and younger brother and wounded his father has been captured in North Carolina, the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Department said late Saturday.
The sheriff’s department said Levi Norwood was caught shoplifting at a store in North Carolina, and the red Toyota Camry he was traveling in was also recovered. Sheriff’s deputies are on their way to North Carolina.
Police said they were called to the Midland residence Friday at about 6 p.m. by Joshua Norwood, 37, who told them he’d been shot by his son. He described arriving home and finding his 34-year-old wife, Jennifer, and 6-year-old son, Wyatt, dead of apparent gunshot wounds. He told police he was confronted by Levi, who fired several shots at him as he backed out of the house. When police arrived, they found the wounded Joshua Norwood, and emergency responders transported him to a hospital where he is in stable condition.
Believing Levi Norwood might still be inside, police set up a perimeter and tried to contact the teen. At 10:15 p.m., they forced their way inside, only to discover he wasn’t there. The search was expanded overnight.
At about 7:30 a.m. Saturday, a red 2007 Toyota Camry was reported stolen about five miles away, NBC Washington reported, and Fauquier Sheriff Robert P. Mosier said bloodhounds tracked the teen’s scent at the car, the Washington Post reported. Detectives also found evidence that indicated Levi intended to leave the state.
Police and school officials held a news conference Saturday afternoon, before Levi Norwood was apprehended. At that time, school officials said all Fauquier County Public Schools activities would be cancelled through Tuesday, and that counselors would be available at Liberty High School, where Levi attended, and at Mary Walter Elementary School, where Wyatt attended, when classes resume.
Detectives have not determined a motive nor what weapon was used in the shootings. Guns were stored in the home, they said.
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