Neighbors recall what lead up to Montgomery County shooting death

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) A Montgomery County man is in the New River Valley jail facing charges including second degree murder.

According to Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney Mary Pettitt, Daniel Crimmins was charged Monday morning and was appointed an attorney, Courtney Roberts.

The Sheriff's Office said he shot and killed 37-year old Christian Javier Santana.

Neighbors said Monday Santana was the father of Crimmins' grandchild.

A quiet neighborhood in the Elliston area Monday was a much different story Friday night.

Thomas Krafft lives a few trailers down from Crimmins.

He recalled from Friday, "I could hear the bang. But it was sort of faint, it didn't sound like it was right next door, it was kind of muffled, but yea I heard it."

Another neighbor who wished to remain anonymous said Monday he was in the trailer Friday night when Crimmins shot Santana and was the person who called 9-1-1.

He said it was common for the two to fight, but on Friday Crimmins pulled out a gun, the neighbor said, to stop the yelling.

A neighbor said there was a struggle for the gun. And one other said the weapon fired when Santana lunged for it.

The man who was in the room said after he called 9-1-1 he watched Crimmins hold a towel over Santana's chest asking him to stay alive until emergency crews arrived.

Santana was pronounced dead at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

This incident came less than two months following a stabbing death in the same neighborhood. Those living there said they're concerned.

"When you start hearing noises or something, you want to go check it out and see what's going on now and expect the worst and hope for the best," Krafft said. "Nobody wants to see anything going on around their home, that's kind of devastating."

The Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney said Crimmins will have a preliminary hearing in General District Court on February 27. She said he remained in jail without bond Monday.

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