Sources: Drug Deal Leads To Shooting

Victim Remains In Critical Condition

Posted: June 25, 2013

HARRISONBURG — A dispute during an apparent drug deal led to Saturday afternoon’s shooting at a city apartment complex, which left a 22-year-old James Madison University athlete in critical condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center, say sources close to the investigation.


Nicholas Dixon, 20, of 662 John Tyler Circle, Harrisonburg, is charged with felony aggravated malicious wounding, felony use of a firearm in commission of an aggravated malicious wounding and felony maliciously shooting at an occupied motor vehicle.


Danyelle Kent-Robinson, the Colonial Athletic Association high-jump champion for the 2011-12 season, was shot three times as she was driving away from the scene, sources say.


Marquis Veney and Shaquille Wheeler, both 20 of Harrisonburg, each face a misdemeanor count of accessory after the fact to aggravated malicious wounding.


Shots Fired


The Harrisonburg Police Department said officers responded to a shots-fired call at the Overlook at Stone Spring, an apartment complex on John Tyler Circle, at about 3:20 p.m. Saturday.


Sources say Kent-Robinson drove two JMU football players, Xavier Crocker and Corey Davis, to Dixon’s home. Crocker and Davis went to the home to buy marijuana, according to sources, but police say they don’t believe Kent-Robinson knew that a drug deal was going to take place when she drove to the apartment complex.


Authorities filed search warrants with Crocker and Davis’ names on them in Rockingham County Circuit Court on Monday. A judge sealed the affidavits for the warrants.


Crocker, a cornerback from Richmond, is expected to play as a redshirt freshman this season. Davis, a cornerback from Union, N.J., is a rising senior and the Dukes’ most experienced cornerback.


Sources say Crocker and Davis paid for the marijuana, but Dixon apparently became upset over how much money he received. At that point, sources say, he fired a rifle at the car as Kent-Robinson, Crocker and Davis were leaving, hitting the vehicle more than a half-dozen times.


Kent-Robinson, or one of her passengers, drove to nearby Rockingham Memorial Hospital, according to police. She was then flown to U.Va., where she was listed in critical but stable condition on Monday.


After a three-hour search of the area, police say they found Dixon, Veney and Wheeler and took them into custody.


Court Appearances Set


They were taken to Rockingham County Jail, where Veney and Wheeler were released after posting a $5,000 secured bond.


Both are due in Rockingham County General District Court on July 8 for a first appearance.


Dixon appeared in district court for his first hearing Monday morning. Judge Richard Claybrook ordered him held without bond and appointed Tracy Evans as his attorney. Dixon is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 20 for a preliminary hearing.


Anyone with information related to the shooting is encouraged to contact the Harrisonburg Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 437-2640.


Callers may remain anonymous by calling Crime Solvers at 574-5050. Tipsters may also text “HPD,” then their tip to CRIMES (274637).


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