Teen Held in Gun Thefts

An Ashburn teenager has been charged in connection with the thefts in March of several guns, one of which was later used in the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Donald Nicholas Shomaker, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said.

The Sheriff's Office said the teenager, 16, who cannot be identified because he has been charged as a juvenile, stole that gun and more than $200 worth of items from a home in the 21500 block of Shellhorn Road in Ashburn around March 20.

The teenager also faces charges in a burglary that occurred sometime between March 1 and 6 in Chantilly. He is accused of taking two guns from a shed behind a home on Route 50.

He was being held at the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center on three counts of grand larceny of a firearm, three counts of juvenile possession of a firearm, two counts of breaking and entering, and petit larceny.

Shomaker, 15, was shot March 22 in the basement of a home on Bruceton Mills Circle in Ashburn. Sheriff's deputies found him on the basement floor with a single gunshot wound in his chest.

Another Ashburn teen, Matthew Lathram, 17, was charged as an adult in Shomaker's death and is expected to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and six other felonies in a hearing Aug. 5. The charges include possession with intent to distribute psychedelic mushrooms and marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, possession of a firearm while in the possession of narcotics, and receiving stolen property.

Man Pulled From Car Fire

A Manassas man was pulled from a burning car Wednesday morning after he apparently fell asleep at the wheel and drove off the road and into a tree, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said.

Edgar Funes, 20, was traveling north on Belmont Ridge Road just south of Hay Road in Ashburn when his 1997 Plymouth two-door left the road and hit a tree. The driver of the vehicle behind Funes rescued him from the fire.

Funes was taken to Loudoun Hospital Center and flown to Washington Hospital Center, where he was treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Charges were pending, the Sheriff's Office said.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD