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Hit-and-run victim arrested for shooting gun outside Hopewell bar

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HOPEWELL, Va. (WTVR) – A 52-year-old hit-and-run victim has been arrested in connection with a shooting Thursday morning shooting outside a Hopewell bar.

Hopewell police said Paul Scott Bass was charged with attempted malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, reckless handling of a firearm, and discharging a firearm in the city.

Authorities were called to the Jolly Roger bar in the 2500 block of Oaklawn Blvd. for a report of shots fired at 1:30 a.m.

Police said Bass had pulled out a fired a small caliber handgun, which was recovered at the scene, in the bar’s parking lot.  As Bass fired the gun, a driver fleeing the area hit Bass and 44-year-old Deia Wilkerson.

Authorities said Bass ended up shooting himself in the hand. He also suffered minor injuries from the vehicle. Police said alcohol was a contributing factor in this incident.

Bass was taken to Southside Regional Medical Center, but was later arrested and taken to Riverside Regional Jail where he is being held without bond.

Police said Wilkerson remains in serious condition at VCU Medical Center.

If you have information that could help police, call Detective Sergeant Camacho of the Hopewell Police Department at 804-541-2222 or Hopewell/Prince George Crime Solvers at 804-541-2202.