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Two people shot in three related incidents in Henry County

Updated: Oct 7




COLLINSVILLE, VA – On October 5, 2020, at 11:42 pm, the Martinsville-Henry County 911 Center received a call from a female stating that someone had tried to assault Duran Baker at the Travel Inn located at 4520 Greensboro Rd., Ridgeway, VA.  Deputies responded to the area and were unable to locate the 911 caller or Duran Baker.

At 1:09 am, the Martinsville-Henry County 911 Center received a call that an individual had been shot in the 1800 block of Virginia Ave., Collinsville, VA.  Deputies responded to the scene and made contact with Duran O’Shane Baker (AKA “Ace”), 23, of Axton, VA.  Mr. Baker reported that he was walking on Virginia Ave. when someone traveling in a black vehicle on Virginia Ave. fired a single gunshot out the window.  Mr. Baker advised that a short time later, he realized he had been shot in the arm.  Mr. Baker was transported to SOVAH Health Martinsville, where he was treated and released.  Mr. Baker refused to provide any additional information and is currently not cooperating with the investigation.

On October 6, 2020, at 7:31 am, the Martinsville-Henry County 911 Center received a call that Deanna Ruth McNeil, 31, of Ridgeway VA, was at UNC Rockingham Health Care located in Eden, NC.  McNeil had suffered a single gunshot wound to the leg.  McNeil advised investigators that she was in the Ridgeway area of Henry County with a male subject she knew as “Ace.”  She reported that an unknown male attacked “Ace” and “Ace” pulled out a firearm during the altercation.  McNeil stated that when “Ace” pulled the gun out, he didn’t know how to operate it, and she believes “Ace” accidentally discharged his firearm, hitting her in the leg.  McNeil has given multiple accounts of what took place and refused to provide any additional information and is currently not cooperating with the investigation.

Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that the three incidents detailed above are related and are likely one single event that resulted in both Duran Baker and Deanna McNeil being shot. 

This incident remains under investigation.  Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 276-638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463).  The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2500.00 for information related to crime.  The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.

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