Suspect arrested for shooting near JMU that wounded 8

The man who police say wounded eight people when he fired shots into a crowd near James Madison University Sunday morning was taken into custody by police in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in the afternoon.

The shooting happened early Sunday morning in the 1500 block of Devon Lane, which is around a mile from the building that houses the university’s business school.

Tyreaf Isaiah Fleming, 20, of Harrisonburg, was arrested and charged with attempted murder, aggravated malicious wounding, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and the use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to a news release from Harrisonburg Police.

“Our work continues on this case as we investigate all aspects of this incident and determine if any other individuals were involved,” Harrisonburg Police Chief Kelley Warner said in a news release.

The victims were shot early Sunday morning around 2:20 a.m. during an outdoor gathering at a housing complex.

Both JMU students and local Harrisonburg residents live in the complex, according to Michael Parks, a city spokesperson.

Parks told WTOP that none of the victims suffered life threatening injuries and their ages range from 18 to 27. None of the victims are enrolled at the university.

Witnesses told police the suspect fired multiple times into a crowd at the outdoor gathering.

Five of the victims were taken to Sentara RMH Medical Center for treatment, while three others were transported to Charlottesville at UVA. Police didn’t have an update on the people who were shot when the arrest was announced Sunday afternoon.

Police said a combination of witness statements and available security camera video helped them identify Fleming as a suspect.

Police ask anyone with information on the shooting to contact HPD’s Det. Thurston at 540-432-7787.

See a map of where the shootings took place below:


WTOP’s Joshua Barlow contributed to this story.

Jessica Kronzer

Jessica Kronzer graduated from James Madison University in May 2021 after studying media and politics. She enjoys covering politics, advocacy and compelling human-interest stories.

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