A Culpeper County man is accused of shooting his gun at an occupied vehicle in an alleged road rage incident Wednesday afternoon in the New Baltimore area of Fauquier County.
Deputies responded to the area of southbound U.S. 29 and Snow Hill Drive for reports of a driver of a black Audi firing gunshots at a van, sparking a chain-reaction traffic crash, according to a news release from the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office.
At 3:14 p.m. on June 5, a lookout was dispatched for the Audi A6 being driven by a bearded white male with a handgun. The license plate number on the vehicle was associated with a Jeffersonton address and the alleged incident led to a response by FCSO, Virginia State Police, Warrenton Police and the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office.
As authorities searched for the Audi, deputies located the purported victim and witnesses on Route 29 near Snow Hill, just north of Warrenton. They described the Audi cutting off the victim, the driver of the van, in traffic, and said the victim then “expressed a gesture” and tried to take a picture, along with a passenger, of the Audi.
That’s when the Audi driver allegedly fired his gun at the victim, according to the news release. The driver of the van continued to follow the Audi until reaching the Snow Hill Drive intersection when the Audi reportedly slammed on the brakes. The van struck the back of the Audi and a Penske truck struck the rear of the van.
The van driver and driver the Penske truck pulled over on the side of the highway while the Audi continued south toward Warrenton and Culpeper County.
Culpeper Sheriff's Deputy Scott Yeiser and Virginia State Police Trooper Ewing responded to the registered address of the Audi driver in the 5000 block of Ridge View Court to attempt to make contact with the owner of the Audi, listed as Damian Patrick Busicchia, according to a news release from the Culpeper Sheriff's Office.
The vehicle was not at the home when they arrived, but they got information about the car's location near the Jeffersonton Post Office. Yeiser and Ewing responded and took 39-year-old Busicchia into custody.
He was charged with shooting a firearm from a vehicle to endanger persons, brandishing a firearm, maliciously shooting at an occupied vehicle, reckless handling of a firearm and hit and run. Busicchia is being held at the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center with no bond. There were no injuries reported.