Two Luray men charged with attempted murder

Page News and Courier

LURAY, April 4 ― Two Luray men are charged with attempted first-degree murder after a Page County woman was shot in the head early Monday morning.

Matthew Furrow, 26, and Raymond Shifflett, 20, both of Luray, are each additionally charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

The Page County Sheriff's Office was called to Peach Orchard Road near Luray around 2:17 a.m. on Monday, April 4, after a resident called to report that an individual was trying to enter their home. Deputies arrived to find that individual, Ellen Piepenbrink, 20, outside of the residence suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

According to Maj. Phil Baker of the Page County Sheriff's Office, Piepenbrink was shot at least once on Peach Orchard Road, outside of a residence. She was then able to “make her way to a nearby residence for help.”

Deputies and investigators identified a suspect ― Furrow ― and “a potential accomplice” ― Shifflett. The two were arrested at Furrow's residence at 384 Peach Orchard Road. Shifflett's address is down the road, at 145 Peach Orchard Road, according to deputies.

Baker said the sheriff's office is “not releasing at this time” what led deputies to the men, but that upon arriving, deputies “were able to communicate” with Piepenbrink.

The Major also declined to say how the suspects knew one another or the victim, or how many gunshots Piepenbrink suffered.

Piepenbrink was transported to the U.Va. Medical Center in Charlottesville, where she was listed in “serious but stable” condition as of press time Tuesday, according to Baker.

Both Furrow and Shifflett were being held without bond at the Page County Jail as of press time.

Monday's shooting is the second to occur in Page County in less than a week, after a 61-year-old Shenandoah man was shot last Tuesday by a man he shared a residence with.

The shootings, which are unrelated, “follow a national trend” of growing gun violence, said Baker.

“Violence of this type is increasing ― and our community is not immune to that,” he said.

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