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A St. Mary’s woman remained in jail Thursday without bond, police in Virginia said, after her arrest last weekend in that state on a charge from a shooting at a campground that left her boyfriend in critical condition with a bullet wound to the head.

Lillian Mae Levy, 77, of Mechanicsville was charged last Saturday with aggravated malicious wounding and a firearms offense in the shooting that morning of 62-year-old James Stewart Thomas of Richmond, according to Capt. Jeff Pearce of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office’s criminal investigations division. The shooting occurred at about 6:15 a.m. that day, the captain said, at the Lake Wilderness Presidential Resort Campground, where Thomas and Levy would meet and spend long weekends together in a trailer.

“They had been dating for several years,” Pearce said, and they arrived there last Friday evening. When police and an ambulance crew were called there on Saturday morning, the captain said, they found Thomas with a single bullet wound to his head, and he was taken to a hospital in Fredericksburg.

“He is still in a coma,” Pearce said Thursday. “Doctors say they are [listing] him as critical but stable. Bullet fragments were removed from his head [during] several hours of surgery.”

Levy remained at the campground during Saturday’s investigation, the captain said, and police raids at the site led them to seizing a small-caliber firearm from her vehicle.

“She was cooperative throughout the process,” he said. “Motive for the act is still part of the ongoing investigation, [but] we are quite confident that we have arrested the right person.”

Levy had no visible injuries, the captain said.

“The neighbors said they were a nice couple,” he added.