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Sheriff's deputies investigate cause of Russell County shooting

By Callan Gray, cgray@wcyb.com
Published On: Mar 20 2014 10:33:50 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 21 2014 08:11:12 AM CDT
Sheriff's deputies investiate cause of Russell County shooting
RUSSELL COUNTY, Va. -

A 17-year-old boy is in the hospital recovering after he was shot Wednesday night in Russell County.

Russell County Sheriff Steve Dye told us, as of Thursday afternoon, the teenager was still in serious condition.

His alleged attacker is now in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail.

Neighbors gathered outside 78 Sycamore Drive in Honaker on Thursday, trying to figure out what caused the shooting.

"It was very scary," said Rebecca Reynolds, who lives down the road.

She told us she watched the scene unfold.

"We came out and there was already a lot of cops all the way up and down the street and then the street above us there was cops up that street too," Reynolds said.

Sheriff Dye told us they arrived around 8:45 p.m., shortly after he said 54-year-old David Lee Meadows shot the victim in the face with a handgun.

Dye said the victim went to the front door of a small building behind the house, where Meadows lived. He told us that's when the shooting occurred. 

"We're really not sure what happened that caused the victim to be shot," said Dye.

Police were at the home on Thursday searching for evidence.  We're told they did find the handgun used in the shooting inside of the building.

The victim, a Honaker High School student, was transported to the Russell County Medical Center in a private car.

We found out Meadows is a convicted felon.

Dye said they're still trying to figure out why the victim went to Meadows' home.

"We know that they were acquainted but we really don't know the nature of their relationship at this time," he told us.

Meadows now faces several charges including attempted first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Meadows will be arraigned on Tuesday.