LCSO: .40 Caliber Handgun Used in Shooting of Sterling Teen

New information reveals that the teen was shot in the left rear shoulder; a separate investigation into how the teens obtained alcohol is underway.

A legally owned .40 caliber handgun was the weapon used in the fatal shooting of Park View High School student Caleb A. Gordley, who had entered a neighbors home around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and reportedly ignored repeated warning to stop, according to new information provided Thursday afternoon by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators are reviewing the case with the Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, and no determination is expected before all related information has been reviewed, including the report from the medical examiner’s office.

The new LCSO information also reveals that Gordley, 16, was struck in the left rear shoulder.

According to the report, Gordley activated the alarm when he entered the home through a rear, unlocked window and continued climbing a staircase after an armed homeowner reportedly called out warnings and fired a warning shot. The homeowner did not recognize the teen, according to the report.

After the teenager reportedly passed the homeowner in a hallway and continued toward a bedroom where other residents were, the homeowner fired several times, striking the teen in the left rear shoulder, according the LCSO information. Gordley died at the scene.

The Sheriff’s Office indicated in its report that Gordley had been drinking with friends, but investigators are awaiting a report from the medical examiner’s office to determine the amount of alcohol in the teen’s bloodstream.

Officers responded March 17 to reports of a burglary on the 45900 block of Pullman Court in Sterling in which the homeowner discharged a firearm.

The new press release repeats Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman’s assertion that Gordley mistakenly entered the wrong home, just two doors down form his own. While such an entry is considered a crime, Chapman said the evidence indicates that Gordley had no further criminal intent.

“There does not seem to be any indication at this point that Caleb had gone in the house to commit any further crime,” Chapman said during a press conference earlier this week.

The investigation into the incident continues. Several shell casings and rounds were recovered at the scene. In addition, a separate investigation was opened to learn how the teens obtained alcohol the night before the incident.

Detectives met with members of Gorley’s family Wendesday to provide the latest information about what their investigation revealed. The homeowner and Gordley’s family remain cooperative in the investigation.

Gordley's parent told WJLA-7 on Tuesday that they believe it was an mistake and do not blame the homeowner (see accompanying video).

The case remains open pending a final report from the medical examiner’s office, including a toxicology report.

Eliana March 21, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Interesting what crawls out of the woodwork in cases like this ...
Eliana March 22, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Oh my ... and what has happened to my original post? Curiouser and curiouser...
T-Bird March 22, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Allowing more fake accounts by the same person Dusty?
Dusty Smith (Editor) March 22, 2013 at 12:31 AM
I'm not sure which comment you are referring to.
Dusty Smith (Editor) March 22, 2013 at 12:32 AM
I'm also checking out for the night, so FYI, further comments will likely not be approved until the morning.
Donnmaria Tucker Killinger March 22, 2013 at 06:09 AM
Again, my sympathy and prayers go out to both families. The young man Caleb was a victim here but so to is the home owner. Both were the victims of whomever purchased the alcohol and started these horrible chain of events. A group of kids out for a 'good time' and it turned into an event none of them will ever forget. If all were underage and toxicology reports indicate Caleb was too drunk to respond to the alarms, shouted warnings, etc. the person responsible is whoever purchased the alcohol and that person should be prosecuted.
Rick Tocchet March 22, 2013 at 08:24 AM
.40 cal, nice choice. I'm disappointed in Chapman, he's making some grand fanciful assumptions at this stage of the investigation. NOBODY has any idea what this young man's intent was that morning, least of all Chapman.
T-Bird March 22, 2013 at 01:41 PM
I'll give you a hint Dusty, the one that imitates mine, and keeps posting the same off topic drivel under different names.
Logan March 22, 2013 at 01:54 PM
I understand that sentiment Richard but I'm not sure that "far more likely" is correct. You see news like this because it's tragedy. There are plenty of cases of legal uses of weapons that saved lives or stopped burglars, many times without a shot being fired. However, those aren't usually newsworthy. There are websites dedicated to the collection of local news stories like that, and it's very encouraging to read them. USConcealedCarry has a section of their site like that. In this case it certainly was a tragedy, but the homeowner wasn't to blame and if it really had been a drugged-up person bent on mal-intent, the story could have ended tragically that way too.
Logan March 22, 2013 at 01:57 PM
True, but I don't see how that will ever come out since no one will know what the teen was thinking for sure. At this point I would take his parent's word that harm against someone else is something their son wouldn't have thought of.
Eaglepoint007 March 22, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Guys this is a total fabrication and total white wash. Nothing here is true. second of all I stand by my comment of a gun owner that gives all of us gun owners a bad name. If you believe for one second that this kid walked by a person holding a gun, then fired a warning shot with a "40" in a confined area and didn't stop. Then walked right by me headed to a bedroom.n Please step away from the glue container. In addition then he continues to the bedroom and I shoot him in the back. Really I am calling bull on the story and the police are idiots if they believe it. But then again its only a black kid or at least that was his appreance.
Eaglepoint007 March 22, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Joe, I am all for protecting your home. I have guns and have been trained. shooting someone coming thru your window with a 12 gauge when you have a teenager in the house isn't going to go to well for you either becuase 10 out of 10 times its going to be one of your teenagers friends sneaking in or out, or worse yet could be your kid sneaking in. If you had ever shot a 40 in a house the noise is incrediable drunk or not. Just wait the rest of the story is even more interesting if they release it but they are trying to help the home owner instead of solve the crime.
Mars March 22, 2013 at 08:40 PM
I would be devastated if it were my child; but I must state that there are several factors that brought this to a head. The home defender is not the only one that contributed to this ending. First you must find out where it ALL started and follow the trail. Then each and every participant has a stake in the blame.
Eliana March 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM
My post of March 21: From the article: "...After the teenager reportedly passed the homeowner in a hallway and continued toward a bedroom where other residents were, the homeowner fired several times, striking the teen in the left rear shoulder...Gordley died at the scene." Let's digest this information in small bites: 1) "...After the teenager reportedly passed the homeowner in a hallway..." So the homeowner had the opportunity to examine the kid long enough see that he was (a) not holding a weapon; (b) intoxicated. At that point surely the homeowner - this volunteer firefighter - could have attempted overtaking him with physical force. The kid had his *back* to him, for Pete's sake. 2) "Gordley, 16, was struck in the left rear shoulder..." In other words, he was shot in the back. I didn't realize a shot in the rear shoulder could kill a person *at the scene.* Incredible. Literally. 3) Why has the name of the killer - and let's not be coy, he *did* kill a person - been scrubbed from recent reports and articles? As the dust settles, why is he now referred to only as "the homeowner"? One further question which arises from the following sentence, reported by the Leesburg Patch on Tuesday: "Caleb...was pronounced dead at the scene, but his family continues to await access to the body ..." Why?! What possible excuse, three days after their son had died, could attempt to justify preventing access to their son? This entire incident reeks.
Eaglepoint007 March 25, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Elaina, Remember that a 40 caliber is a very large gun. He shot the kid in the back. If you take your index finger and your thumb and make an "o" that would be about the size of the hole coming out with regular bullets. If the shooter used hollow-point bullets the hole would be larger. My guess is the kid bleedout on the floor in a short period of time (2 minutes maybe three) shorter if they hit a main artirery. I can't wait for the crack Loundoun Country Sheriff to finish their white wash. If would be nice if the Sheriff office actually looked like the community it serves but I guess that is too much to ask.
Locally Involved March 25, 2013 at 06:43 PM
This is a tragedy. There is no doubt about it. As others have pointed out: 1. Homeowner/gun owner stated victim passed him in the hallway. Appears shooter (and he did shoot, several times) was not able to observe a drunk teenager. 2. The teenager was struck in the left REAR shoulder. The student was shot in the back. 3. And, for context, the child lived one door down from a neighbor of 9 years. Neighbor didn't recognize the son of a neighbor after 9 years? Seems logical that if you're concerned about safety, this would be the simplest first line of defense. There are affordable wireless security systems available that are easily installed. Everyone has the right to protect their home and this is not a crime. Owning a gun comes with responsibility. You may be a responsible gun owner, many are. But when you react out of fear and paranoia - then you are not using rational, critical thinking skills. To do so, as our police officers know so well, requires constant training every month - not only for gun skills, but to train the brain. However, when you react in a situation, you should be held responsible. Just like a driver is irresponsible and kills someone with their car - they are legally held accountable. Cars are not meant or intended for killing, but they do. However, using a gun implies intention to kill - since that is the sole purpose of a gun. Homeowner should be held accountable, even if for accidental manslaughter.
joe brewer March 25, 2013 at 08:20 PM
More digested baloney!
jalefema March 25, 2013 at 08:28 PM
It must be nice to be able to sit back and judge everyone with half the facts (which you twist to match your agenda) and a head full of assumptions. The police are doing their job. None of you were there.
joe brewer March 26, 2013 at 05:55 PM
more baloney just digested this time.
t_joseph March 27, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Lord, help us. We are drunk and disorderly. Children are being shot and killed. We live in fear from one another. We use our talents and gifts to make guns to use against our brothers and sisters - to kill them. And we do. We kill each other...constantly. Throughout our entire history, we kill and kill and in increasing numbers and by increasing means and in increasingly disturbing ways. We don't turn to you, we don't yield to you, we don't bend our knee and say, "Lord, have mercy on us. We are lost and frightened and we need you". Have mercy on this situation and these people. Grant wisdom and patience. And have mercy on those who write hateful messages here.
Eaglepoint007 March 27, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Joe you want to talk about baloney. let he help you a bit. The only name that should have been withheld is the unagedteen here. there is no such law that requires that the name of the homeowner be withheld yet they are doing it. It is a classic case of the Sheriff protecting a firefighter that was clearly wrong. This wannaby had no reason or skill to own a 40 caliber gun. They shot several times and missed how many from less then 15 feet. Really its the classic I want the biggest gun not because I know how to use it but because its cool. The kid is dead because the person was a COWARD with a capitol "C". I hope he loses everything he owns in a lawsuit. You wait for the police report I can tell you what its going to say the Sheriff gives a crap because it will be a straight out white wash. Opps did I just say that! Maybe if the Sheriff hired a BLACK or Hispanic officer the outcome would be different. Thats right its LC stuck in the past forever.
Richard Albury March 28, 2013 at 08:21 PM
When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. By the same mentality, when you have a gun, your first instinct is to use it. Instead of grabbing the kid, blocking him, turning on the lights (were they on?), screaming at him to stop (did this happen?), the first reaction of the homeowner (no name released yet, and I agree the sheriff seems to be protecting him) is to fire a warning shot and then when that doesn't work, use deadly force against another human being. Sorry, this seems to be a good example of why the mentality of gun ownership is the problem. I do not believe your supposed right to protect yourself trumps your responsibility to work toward a just and equitable world. Yes, Logan, I've looked over some of the "success" stories, but it's kinda like capital punishment: even if most of the people put to death deserve it, the fact that *any* innocent people have suffered that fate is an unacceptable price. The homeowner *is* to blame: he took a human life unnecessarily. Nothing anyone can do to change that.
joe brewer March 29, 2013 at 11:10 PM
The only point I see you making is the point your head comes to at the top where your brains are supposed to be. Many times people miss targets at close range whether they are trained or not. How do you assume this community minded firefighter did not have training with his handgun? Assumption on your part, just like you assume the Sheriff will whitewash his investigation or maybe it's like your baloney assumption that the result would be different if a Black Deputy or a Hispanic deputy was in charge of the investigation. Get my point 007.
Robert Roetto April 02, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Did you eve think about shooting in the leg to knock him down, What the hell did you have to kill him for, this country is so f-ing crazy. I despise guns and the people that use them.
Eliana April 02, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Wish this site had a "thumbs up" capability. Most recently, I'd send them out to Eaglepoint007, Robert Roetto, Richard Albury. Sane, intelligent, measured comments.
joe brewer April 02, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Two shots to the head and two shots to the heart is what was needed once he went past the firefighter. If anything condem the firefighter for poor aim and not using all the force at his disposal.
Eaglepoint007 April 02, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Joe, I can close my eyes and hit a target from 15 feet every time. So can my son who has been trained. Missing from a short distance is a prime example of a person that has no reason to have a gun until they learn to shoot. No one was suggesting each shoot had to be in the "circle/box" but what you seem to be missing is the targets are not full targets they are upper body only. Now make it a full target and its a lot harder to miss the entire thing. Second on your comment a about community minded really! 40 Caliber will go thru a drywall and easily across the street and into other homes. So if you don't know how to use it be smart enought to leave the big guns to people that can use them. Community minded you just let someone walk by you and your a fire fighter that carries 75 pounds of equipment yet a 16 year old boy walks by you. As for the black deputy, really as least someone would give a crap about the truth. Right now not one of them is fact finding they are straight "WHITE WASHING". and you indicating that missing from 15 feet is normal shows me you shouldn't have a gun either.
Locally Involved April 03, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Seems to me all this could have been avoided if the first line of defense was a locked window. Next, a home security system (wireless can be self installed real cheap). Time to stop blaming the victim.
joe brewer April 04, 2013 at 01:59 PM
The victim is the man whose house was invaded not the dead dope to be blunt.
Eliana April 04, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Joe, your comments are transparent attempts to provoke but they're falling flat. At this point, you're being a troll.


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