Michael Beach


A person was shot at the Culpeper Walmart early Thursday, after which several suspects fled the scene, the Culpeper Police Department said in a statement late Thursday.

Police are seeking a suspect, 30-year-old Michael Beach of Culpeper, and continue investigating the crime.

At 12:25 a.m. Dec. 5, police received multiple calls that a shooting had just occurred at the Walmart. Before officers could reach the store, the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle, police said.

A 30-year-old person with gunshot wounds was treated at Novant-UVA Culpeper Medical Center, then transported to the UVA Health System University Hospital in Charlottesville. Their injuries were non-life-threatening, police said.

Police found a vehicle involved in the incident at the hospital, and interviewed witnesses there and at the Walmart.

Police obtained arrest warrants for one count of felony aggravated malicious wounding, one count of felony possession of a firearm after being a convicted felon, three counts of felony shooting a missile at a car, and one count felony shooting with intent to maim, police said.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or can provide more information is asked to contact Detective Curtis Pittman at 540-829-5508.

Tips may also be emailed to tips@culpeperva.gov, or anonymously by calling Culpeper Crime Solvers at 540-727-0300.

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