Teens indicted in Beaverdam Park shooting

by Kim Robins - Posted on Jan 09, 2019 - 12:52 PM

Two Gloucester teenagers were indicted by a grand jury Monday in connection with the shooting of a county teen in Beaverdam Park last July.

Dishon Shamar Robinson, 17, of Hayes and Juan Xavier Bautista, 15, of Gloucester were each indicted on one charge of malicious wounding, one charge of using a firearm in committing a felony and one ancillary misdemeanor charge of possessing a firearm under the age of 18.

The Gloucester Sheriff’s Office said it received a call on July 17, 2018 regarding a juvenile with multiple gunshot wounds that were sustained at Beaverdam Park off Farys Mill Road. The victim was transported to an undisclosed hospital for treatment and survived the gunshots.

Robinson and Bautista were taken into custody later that day and were charged as juveniles on Aug. 3, 2018. A sheriff’s office spokesman said all three of the teens involved knew each other.

Gloucester Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Cressondra B. Conyers certified the charges to the grand jury following a Nov. 20 hearing.

During the hearing, the victim testified he texted Bautista on July 17 about buying marijuana and Bautista agreed to meet him at the end of the victim’s driveway. The victim said he got into the car with the defendants, who said they had to go find the marijuana they hid in the park.

Once at the park, the victim said he got out of the car, saying he had to go to the restroom.

He said the defendants also got out and were about three feet into the woods and rattling through leaves. The victim said neither defendant said anything to him before Robinson pulled a gun.

The victim testified he turned to run but was shot in the leg and fell on his back. He said Robinson fired seven shots before passing the gun to Bautista, who also fired seven shots. The defendants then departed.

Under cross examination, the victim said he did not count the shots. When Gloucester Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney asked him how many bullet holes he ended up with, the victim answered “14.”

The trial date for both defendants was set for March 15 in Gloucester Circuit Court.