12 April 2016
James Edward Fennell was arrested in connection with the shooting of his brother Saturday afternoon (April 9) at their home in the 1300 block of Bells Farm Lane near Cunningham, according to the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office.
James Fennell, 32, was charged with malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, shooting in an occupied dwelling, and reckless handling of a firearm, according to a sheriff’s office press release.
He is being held without bond at the Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange.
The victim, Daniel Fennell, 34, was airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center after being shot at close range. Though he was initially in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, his condition was upgraded to stable the next morning.
The motive for the shooting is unclear, said Lt. David Wells of the sheriff’s office. “I don’t know what triggered the event,” he said. “There was obviously some sort of altercation. Once the victim gets a few days to recoup I’m going to talk to him. Hopefully that will shed a little light on what happened.”