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A man accused of firing a gun at Charlottesville counterprotesters waived extradition

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A Baltimore man accused of firing a gun during riots in Charlottesville will head back to Virginia to face those charges, our affiliate WBFF reported.

Virginia authorities have charged Richard Wilson Preston Jr., 52, with discharging a weapon within 1,000 feet of a school.

Preston was arrested in Baltimore County Saturday.

On Monday, the Baltimore resident appeared in Baltimore County District Court by video.

During that hearing, Preston waived his right to a formal extradition hearing, giving Virginia authorities the green light to take him back to Charlottesville.

Preston is accused of firing a gun during riots sparked before a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville earlier this month.

The ACLU of Virginia recently released a video of a man firing a gun into a crowd of people during those protests. A spokesperson said they found the footage and turned it over to authorities.

Fox 45 went to Preston’s listed address on court documents for comment but no one answered at the home.

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Neighbors who live in the northeast Baltimore community were shocked by the allegation.

“He looks familiar,” said one neighbor. “I’ve been him traveling back and forth. It’s troubling to me because I have kids here myself.”

A judge said Preston could be extradited to Virginia as soon as tomorrow. Officials have a ten-day window.


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