New details reveal shooting victim crashed into woman pumping gas in Petersburg

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PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — 8News is learning more details about a shooting incident that resulted in a crash at a Petersburg-area gas station Tuesday.

Two people were seriously injured, according to police.

A source on Tuesday told 8News that officers were called to the area of Boydton Plank Road after one person was shot and another was taken to the hospital. According to the source, officers responded “in the same vicinity they had to med flight a female victim with a compound fracture from a car wreck.” 

Police confirmed to 8News that a shooting incident did occur in the 1900 block of Boydton Plank Road at the Marathon gas station around 4:30 p.m. According to police, a male was shot in the parking lot. Police also said a female was also struck by a vehicle, causing injuries to her legs.

The victim was “shot in his vehicle and struck the woman as he was attempting to get away,” police later clarified.

According to police, both injuries are considered serious. Officers add that the injured were taken to the hospital and underwent surgeries.

A source told 8News on Tuesday that the woman was struck while pumping gas — a detail also conveyed to 8News by an employee of the Marathon gas station. The employee, who did not want to be identified, told 8News he did not hear a gunshot but did hear a loud crash when the gunshot victim ran his vehicle into a woman pumping gas as he was trying to drive away.

Police said on Wednesday that no arrests in connection to the shooting have been made. There is also no suspect information at this time. Police add that the incident was not a drive-by shooting.

A day after the incident, the shooting-turned-crash investigation is still fresh on the minds of many residents.

“I think it always surprises you when something happens in your area,” said Petersburg resident Dan King. “What caught my attention is it said Petersburg. Nothing against Richmond, but if it happens in Richmond, you’re like, ‘Oh it’s all the way up there,’ and it’s sad but it’s not really home.”

The owner of the gas station store Salem & Sons, who did not want to go on camera, told 8News he the store has surveillance cameras outside. The owner said he gave footage of the incident to the police.

“The whole thing is just sad,” King added. “Flesh and blood, people are affected and you have to have compassion for the whole situation.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Petersburg Police at (804) 732-4222.

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