Alexandria teen pleads guilty to July malicious wounding

Alexandria teen pleads guilty to July malicious wounding
A police motorcycle near the crime scene (Photo Credit: Jane Hughes)

By Alexa Epitropoulos |

A 17-year-old Alexandria resident has pleaded guilty to three counts of malicious wounding and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of malicious wounding after an incident in Del Ray on July 27.

Street sign for East Howell Avenue.

David Palmer, 17, of Alexandria, pleaded guilty on Monday to the counts. He was considered as an adult in this matter.

The incident on July 27 occurred in the 300 block of East Howell Avenue at around 12:40 p.m. Palmer was waiting on the front porch of a residence on the block after making threats toward an occupant of the home who was not there at the time. 

When the resident returned in a vehicle with two passengers, the defendant walked toward the car and fired approximately 15 rounds into the car as it drove on East Howell Avenue. The defendant struck each of the three occupants in the vehicle with at least one bullet. The driver of the vehicle was shot in the face, with the bullet fracturing bones in the victim’s face before exiting his or her head. The vehicle crashed into a parked car as the defendant continued to fire at the victims. 

All three were transported to a hospital for treatment of their wounds.

Palmer is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 25, 2018 at 10 a.m. before Judge James C. Clark of the Circuit Court for the City of Alexandria. He is being held in the William G. Truesdale Alexandria Adult Detention Center ahead of sentencing.