HARRISONBURG — A Fulks Run man charged with shooting two people over a trespassing dispute appeared in Rockingham County General District Court Tuesday.
Amos Franklin Barb, 83, is charged with two felony counts of malicious wounding, two felony counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and misdemeanor reckless handling of a firearm.
Barb told Judge William Eldridge that he hired attorney Gene Hart to represent him.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 19.
Rockingham County sheriff’s deputies say the investigation into Barb began on Oct. 5 at about 8:30 p.m., when deputies responded to the 13000 block of Third Hill Road in Fulks Run for a report of two gunshot victims.
When deputies arrived, they found a man and woman suffering from wounds.
The man was taken by ambulance to Sentara RMH Medical Center, while the woman was flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center. Both were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, deputies said.
Investigators said the shooting stemmed from a trespass allegation. The victims were in the area looking for cattle that escaped from their farm.
Barb, deputies said, exited a home and confronted the victims.
During the dispute, deputies said, Barb fired a shotgun at the victims, striking both of them.
The male victim returned three shots from a pistol, but all missed Barb.
Barb is being held on a $50,000 bond at the Rockingham County Jail. As of this afternoon, Barb had yet to post bond.