‘It’s a little shocking’: Teen shot and killed in Petersburg neighborhood


Police ID teen victim as search for suspect continues

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — A death investigation is underway in Petersburg after a teenager was shot and killed Thursday night.

Police said Friday that officers responded to the 2100 block of Colston Street for reports of shots fired in the area. Authorities found a residence that had been hit by a bullet when they arrived in the area.

A victim, identified as 17-year-old De’shone Taylor-brown, was found with a gunshot wound. The Petersburg teen was pronounced dead.

8News spoke with an employee of Petersburg City Public Schools who lives near where the shooting occurred and recalled hearing roughly 12 gunshots. He added that the teen who was killed was a 17-year-old student at Petersburg High School.

Petersburg Superintendent Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin shared a statement Friday with 8News on the death of the student.

Our PCPS community has experienced a tragic loss yesterday evening, as the life of one of our high school students was taken as a result of gun violence. I am deeply saddened by this devastating news, and extend heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, teachers, classmates and community. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with all affected.On-site counseling services are available to students and teachers, at all PCPS schools, as processing such a tragic experience can undoubtedly cause high levels of anxiety and stress in our students, teachers, and extended school community.In addition to the supports and resources in place at our schools, parents/guardians are encouraged to speak with their children about their thoughts and feelings. It is important to make every effort to help identify and work through any grief your child(ren) may be experiencing during this difficult time.” 

Petersburg Superintendent Dr. Pitre-Martin

Another neighbor, Sammy Rashed, told 8News his mother was in their home alone at the time the shots rang out and thought the gunshots were someone knocking at her door.

“She started seeing the police and that’s when she got more worried,” Rashed said. “It’s actually really scary, especially in this neighborhood. We’ve been here almost six years and never heard anything. This time it’s a little shocking.”



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