UPDATE 5:30 p.m.: A GoFundMe has been set up for the family of Rico Turner, with a goal of $10,000. Turner was the victim of the alleged shooting on Monday afternoon and died from his injuries later that night in Bedford.
“Our sweet friend Emily could use our support and love right now. She lost her fiancé, Rico, the love of her life & amazing father to their children yesterday. I feel the least we can do, as a community, is help make sure finances are the last thing she is concerned about at this time.“Emmalee Flint, organizer of the GoFundMe
UPDATE 1 p.m.: Late Tuesday morning, U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers based in the Southern District of West Virginia arrested a wanted fugitive on an outstanding homicide warrant following Monday afternoon’s shooting in Salem.
Authorities say the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force (CARFTF) — which is based in Roanoke and consists of local, state, and federal authorities — coordinated with the Salem Police Department and the FBI as they conducted the manhunt.
The Salem Police Department filed an arrest warrant for Zane Chandler Christian following the shooting at Lakeside Plaza on Monday, Nov. 9, that led to the death of Rico Turner from Bedford, officials say. Police in Blacksburg also reportedly filed additional warrants for other crimes as Christian fled.
According to the U.S. Marshals, information was developed that Christian had fled to the area of Charleston, West Virginia. With assistance from the U.S. Marshals Task Force out of Southern District of West Virginia, officials say Christian was quickly arrested in Ravenswood, West Virginia without incident on Tuesday, Nov. 10
Authorities say Cook is currently in custody in Jackson County, West Virginia while awaiting extradition back to Virginia.
SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — A wanted Christiansburg man is now facing a murder charge after the victim in Monday afternoon’s shooting in Salem died overnight.
Police say dispatch received a call shortly before 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, that a man had been shot at the Lakeside Plaza shopping center in the 100 block of Electric Road.
When officers arrived, they found the victim, who was then transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
However, according to Mike Stevens, the Communications Director for the City of Salem, the victim — identified as 27-year-old Rico A. Turner of Bedford — died Monday night.
As a result, Zane Chandler Christian of Christiansburg now faces a felony murder charge. The Salem Police Department has also charged Christian with malicious wounding, reckless handling of a firearm, and three counts of child neglect.
This investigation is still ongoing. If you have any information about Christian’s whereabouts, you are asked to contact the authorities.
Blacksburg Police are also working with the Salem Police Department due to a connection between Christian and a carjacking that happened near the Virginia Tech campus Monday.
The stolen vehicle was a white 2006 Toyota Corolla with Tennessee registration BTG-251. The vehicle was last seen on University City Boulevard traveling in the direction of Prices Fork Road.
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