Saturday shooting instigated by Elks Lodge fight, warrants show

Two men were wounded in an officer-involved shooting at this spot on 2nd Street NW near the Downtown Mall on March 16. Photo by Graelyn Brashear. Two men were wounded in an officer-involved shooting at this spot on 2nd Street NW near the Downtown Mall on March 16. Photo by Graelyn Brashear.

New details about the Downtown shooting that sent two men to the hospital early Saturday morning—one with a bullet in his abdomen that police believe came from an officer’s gun—were revealed yesterday in search warrants filed in Charlottesville Circuit Court.

According to the warrants, Frank D. Brown, 56, of Albemarle, and Leon T. Brock, 22, of Culpeper County, were involved in an argument that started in the Elks Lodge on 2nd Street NW, just north of the Downtown Mall. A witness driving past the lodge told police his car was blocked when the fight spilled out of the building and escalated.

Police are still investigating what happened next, but they believe Brown shot Brock shortly before officer Alexander Bruner arrived on the scene and shot Brown. Bruner fired twice, according to warrants, and one bullet apparently hit Brown in the abdomen. A report and photographs from that night published by The Hook show the two men cuffed and bleeding on the ground, surrounded by a throng of onlookers.

Brown and Brock were taken to UVA Medical Center, where they were in stable condition Tuesday, according to Charlottesville Police Lieutenant Ronnie Roberts.

The police investigation is now focused on the Friday night guest list and membership rolls for the Elks Lodge, according to warrants.

A Daily Progress story reports that Brown obtained a concealed carry permit in 2010, which would have allowed him to have a gun inside the lodge, as long as he wasn’t drinking alcohol. Brock, too, would have been legally required to be sober, the story says, due to a series of convictions in Albemarle and surrounding counties.

Previous news stories in Culpeper indicate Brock has been arrested for assault. Court records show Brown has an arrest on his record for fishing without a license.

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