Police charge Manassas teen in drive-by shooting

MANASSAS — Prince William police charged a 16-year-old Manassas boy with attempted malicious wounding after searching his home at 9367 Taney Road on Thursday and finding weapons they say are related to a shooting Saturday near a Manassas Amoco station, said Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William police spokesman.

The warrant also included a search of a 1991 Chevrolet van, which witnesses said was involved in the shooting near the Fairfax County line, Mangan said.

Police seized a baseball bat, a machete, a sword, two pellet pistols and assorted documents, photographs and identification cards, police documents showed.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday the driver of the white van followed a man as he and his passengers drove along Centreville Road, said Sgt. Kim Chinn, Prince William police spokeswoman.

Passengers in the car noticed the van, which was carrying four or five people, tailgating them, Chinn said.

Witnesses said the man pulled into the parking lot at the Amoco station in the 7200 block of Centreville Road. The van followed and pulled up beside the car where one of the vans passengers shot at the victims car, Chinn said.

The driver was shot in the leg and taken to Prince William Hospital in Manassas, where he was treated and released, Chinn said.

Police spotted the van in the Manassas area Thursday and followed it to the home on Taney Road, where they searched it, Mangan said.

The 16-year-old also was charged with the unauthorized use of a vehicle and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, Mangan said. He is being held in the Juvenile Detention Center in Manassas, Mangan said.

Police continue to search for Rojelio Morales, 21, a second suspect in the shooting, Mangan said.

Morales, whose last known address was 9367 Taney Road, should be considered armed and dangerous, Mangan said. He has been charged with malicious wounding.

Morales is 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs 145 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes, Mangan said.

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