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Suspect saught: Victims identified in Franklin County fatal shooting

Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 7:57 AM EDT
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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE: One person is dead and another is in critical condition following a shooting in Franklin County. The sheriff’s office is still trying to identify a suspect in this case.

Justin Chase Prillaman, 20 of Henry, VA, was dead at the scene. Matthew Prillaman, 18 of Henry, VA, remains in the hospital for treatment.

The shooting happened around 4:20 a.m. at a home along Salthouse Branch Road in the Henry Community Tuesday.

The victims were two brothers that lived at the duplex-style house with their grandparents.

Neighbors said the violence is surprising. This is less than a mile away from a popular camping spot along Philpott Lake.

“People come up here to escape, use the campground,” neighbor Billy Sowers said. “It’s very unusual. I haven’t heard anybody getting even hurt in this area.”

A family member spoke off-camera. He said his 20-year-old cousin is dead and his 18-year-old cousin is now fighting for his life in the hospital.

Investigators warned neighbors to stay alert and be on the lookout for suspicious activity as they worked to identify a suspect.

Some neighbors said they felt a little uneasy the shooter was still on the run.

“You just have to put your faith in God that he is going to take care of you and be aware, be aware of your surroundings,” neighborJanie Sutphin said.

Many waiting for answers while investigators work to make sense of this violence.

EARLIER: The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that happened early Tuesday morning, leaving one person dead and another wounded.

Just before 4:30 a.m., a 911 call was placed in regards to shots being fired.

The sheriff’s office, along with Virginia State Police and Franklin County Public Safety, responded to a home in the 100 block of Salthouse Branch Road in the Henry community.

Deputies found one person dead and another with gunshot wounds. They were brothers, according to the sheriff’s office. The victime was take to a hospital for treatment.

The sheriff’s office says evidence at the scene suggests the shooter left before deputies arrived. They don’t have a vehicle description and they don’t know the direction of travel.

Residents of the area are advised to be alert and report any suspicious activity.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lt. Nolan at 540-483-6662.

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