December 6, 2022

The suspect who opened fire near JMU and injured 8 people has been arrested

A man suspected of shooting eight people near James Madison University early Sunday morning was arrested Sunday afternoon.

A man who police say injured eight people in a shooting attack on a crowd near James Madison University on Sunday morning was arrested by police in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in the afternoon.

The shooting happened early Sunday in the 1500 block of Devon Lane, about a mile from the building that houses the university’s business school.

Tyriff Isaiah Fleming, 20, of Harrisonburg, was arrested and charged with attempted murder, aggravated malicious wounding, possession of a firearm by a felon and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Press release from Harrisonburg Police.

“Our work on this case continues as we investigate all aspects of this incident and determine if any other individuals were involved,” Harrisonburg Police Chief Kelly Warner said in a news release.

The victims were shot at around 2:20 a.m. on Sunday during an outdoor gathering in the residential complex.

Both JMU students and local Harrisonburg residents live on campus, according to city spokesman Michael Parks.

Parks told WTOP that none of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries and that they ranged in age from 18 to 27. None of the victims attended university.

Witnesses told police the suspect fired multiple shots into the crowd outside.

Five of the victims were transported to Centara RMH Medical Center for treatment, and three were transported to UVA in Charlottesville. When the arrests were announced Sunday afternoon, police did not have information on the shooting victims.

A combination of witness statements and available security camera video helped identify Fleming as the suspect, police said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact HPD’s Det. Thurston at 540-432-7787.

See a map of the shooting location below:

WTOP’s Joshua Barlow contributed to this story.

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