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Prosecutor: Bedford Co. shooting was the result of Chevy vs. Ford argument

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BEDFORD Co., Va. (WSET) -- Prosecutors said an argument over which truck manufacturer was better led to a fight that left three people shot in Bedford County.

The Bedford County Sheriff's Office said 56-year-old Mark Edwin Turner was charged with felony malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

A 911 call came in around 11:30 p.m. April 22 from Shepherd Lane reporting gun shots.

Law enforcement responded and found three people outside of the residence with what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries.

Bedford County Commonwealth's Attorney Wes Nance said Turner, his girlfriend, her son, and her son's girlfriend were having a pre-Easter dinner at their home on Shepherd Lane.

"The allegation is that there was alcohol involved and a dispute began against Logan bailey, the son of the girlfriend, and Mr. Turner about what type of vehicle is best. Chevy vs. Ford," Nance said.

Nance said the four were in the front yard when an argument started between Turner and his girlfriend's son about if Chevy or Ford is a better car manufacturer. During the argument, Nance said Turner pulled out a knife and his girlfriend tried to get between the two.

"The evidence would be that Mr. Turner got so upset that he brandished a knife, that Ms. Bailey got between Mr. Turner, and Ms. Bailey and was actually struck with the knife causing about a six-inch injury," Nance said.

They said she was stabbed in the lower back area by Turner, leaving a six-inch wound.

Nance said Turner then went into the house and came back outside with a gun. His girlfriend put herself between Turner and her son again when Nance said Turner shot her five times in the leg.

"It's then alleged that Mr. Turner came back out and approached Mr. Bailey. Once again, his mother tried to intervene between the two of them. During that time, she was shot a total of five times - all of those injuries occurring to her legs," Nance said.

The woman's son was shot in the arm, Nance said there was an entry and exit wound.

The son's girlfriend was hit by two bullets that Nance said ricocheted; one hit her in the back and one hit her in the cheek.

Law enforcement and a tactical team were called to the home and warrants show investigators found the three victims yelling in pain saying that had been shot by Turner.

At that time, Nance said Turner went back inside and continued to come out of the home to yell at officers. Nance said he was more agitated each time he came outside, but had a cell phone in his hand the whole time and not a weapon.

Deputies eventually hit Turner with a bean bag round and then took him into custody.

According to search warrants, drugs were involved as investigators had "two victims indicating there was possible drug activity at the residence" and investigators searched the home looking for illegal substances.

Search warrants also show investigators took several items from the home, including two cell phones, one in the yard and one on the porch, a pistol, wooden baseball bat, smoking device, three green plants, and drug paraphernalia.

Nance said Turner isn't facing any charges, right now, for the bullets that ricocheted and hit the son's girlfriend, but that could change and he could face more charges.

Nance said the the two counts of felony malicious wounding carry a 1-20 year sentence apiece. He said the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony charge can carry up to five years. The possession of a firearm by a felon carries a mandatory three year sentence, according to Nance.

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Turner was denied bond in court Monday, but he has an appeal Friday at 1:30 p.m.

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