Police: 4 shot during domestic dispute at Virginia rest stop

December 27, 2021 GMT

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — Four people were shot Sunday during a domestic dispute at a Virginia rest stop, police said.

Virginia State Police said several people tried to intervene when a dispute between a man and a woman turned physical at a rest area off Interstate 81 on Sunday morning, The Washington Post reported. The man, identified as Cesar Juarez Avila, 34, fired at the woman and people who tried to help, then fled in a Chevrolet Malibu, police said.

The woman and two men who tried to intervene were taken to Winchester Medical Center with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening, police said. A third male victim was flown to a hospital with injuries that were serious, but not life-threatening.

The Chevrolet Malibu was spotted a few hours later, but when law enforcement forced the car to stop, they saw that shots were fired inside, police said. Avila was found in the driver’s seat with a gunshot wound and was flown to a hospital, where he died, police said.