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Fredericksburg Shooting Victim Identified

Police released the name of the man who died Friday night.

City of Fredericksburg police released the name of the man who died following a shooting Friday afternoon at Fall Hill Apartments in Fredericksburg.  Tyrone Charles Thornton, 42, was pronounced dead about 6:30 p.m., after being transported to Mary Washington Hospital, said Natatia Bledsoe, police department public information officer.

When police responded to reports of a shooting at about 4:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Wicklow Drive, they found a woman from Woodford who reported she had been shot by her ex-boyfriend inside his apartment before he then shot himself. 

The woman is 24-years-old, not 22 as originally released.  Police believe she had been shot more than once, Bledsoe said.  The woman underwent surgery Friday night at Mary Washington Hospital and is still hospitalized in serious condition.

The woman and the man did live together for some period of time, Bledsoe said, before the woman moved out in October 2012. "They had a domestic history, but we still don't know why she was at the apartment on Friday," Bledsoe said.

There was evidence the woman was assaulted in addition to being shot, Bledsoe said. A hand-gun was recovered at the scene. 

The woman's two-year-old child was turned over to the woman's father, Bledsoe said. 

Tyrone Charles Thornton

Fredericksburg General District Court Civil Case records show Thornton's place of residence, Fall Hill Apartments, had filed against him in Dec. 2012 for "Unlawful Detainer" — a lawsuit brought by a landlord to obtain possession of the rented property and receive payment of back rent.  The case was scheduled for court Jan. 14.

Fredericksburg General District Criminal Court records show Thornton had three convictions in 2003 for a concealed weapon, aggressive driving and driving on a suspended license.

For more information on Friday's incident, see .

The investigation is ongoing, Bledsoe said.

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Susan Larson January 14, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Thanks, Donna. We used 'victim' because the woman alleged that the man shot himself, but the investigation is not complete, according to the police.
kim howard January 14, 2013 at 03:01 AM
A victim is one who suffers from a destructive or injurious action or agency. In this case, it's alleged, there was a self-inflicted gunshot.
Derek Hamlin January 14, 2013 at 03:18 AM
i really hate how random people comment on thing that doesnt concern them or know whats going on until you get all the facts then put your comment up here or where ever else just saying!!!!
lola January 14, 2013 at 07:01 AM
I am very close to the man and I don't think he killed his self or shot that girl but I will leave that to the police
Susan Larson January 14, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Readers, thank you for your comments. Please note: I have deleted and will continue to delete comments which present as fact "details" which have not been released by the police. If you have information which may aid in that investigation, please call the City of Fredericksburg Police Department at 911 (emergency) or 540-373-3122 (nonemergency). Thank you.

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