Sister of hotel employee killed in OYO Hotel shooting, coworker says

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PETERSBURG, Va (WRIC) – A woman was shot and killed outside a Petersburg hotel early Thursday morning.

Petersburg police said they responded to a call at the OYO Hotel on South Crater Road shortly after 2 a.m.

Public Information Officer Emanuel Chambliss confirmed a single bullet took the woman’s life. The victim hasn’t yet been identified.

Why she was shot and by whom are under investigation. Right now, Petersburg authorities are releasing just little information and are calling this a death investigation.

“It’s horrible, horrible. At this point, I don’t really know what to say to family,” said Manjit Kahlon, who primarily does maintenance work for the hotel.

According to Kahlon, the victim was another hotel employees’ sister. He said they were staying there together.

The man told 8News the shooting was a shock.

“We didn’t know what to do at the time,” he said.

Kalhon said surveillance videos only caught police investigating after.

“We’re doing our best, police are doing… their best, and everyone else, we’re trying to comfort them,” he said.

Kahlon said this is the first time something like this has happened since he started working at the hotel.

“I’ve been here two years. Nothing like this crazy [has happened],” he said. “Somebody just walked in and shot somebody, it’s never happened like that before.”

There is no word on any suspect, but police are asking anyone who may know something about the shooting to call (804) 861-1212.

Details are limited at this time, but we will continue to update this story as we learn more information.

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