Man shot in face, neck during shooting at Franklin party

Posted at 10:15 AM, Jun 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-01 10:15:55-04

Franklin, Va. – A 22-year-old man suffered injuries to his face and neck from shotgun pellets after shots were fired at a party at a Franklin apartment complex early Sunday morning.

According to the Franklin Police Department, officers responded to reports of shots fired around 1:10 a.m. at the Dorchester Square Apartments. When officers arrived, a crowd was dispersing by vehicle and on foot. Officers could not locate any victims or witnesses.

A short time later, officers responded to reports of a gunshot victim at Southampton Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.

They found that 22-year-old Tony Sledge Jr. had been struck in the face and neck by shotgun pellets. He was treated and released.

The investigation revealed that at least two people were shooting — one with a shotgun and the other with a pistol. Two apartments were hit by gunfire but no other injuries were reported.

Franklin Police are asking that any witnesses come forward to assist with the investigation. You may call Detective Randall Bailey direct at 757-562-2849 or Franklin Crime Solvers at 757-562-8599.