‘One is one too many’: 32-year-old man killed in Hopewell is city’s sixth homicide this year


HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — One man is dead following a shooting on Thursday night in Hopewell.

Investigators with Hopewell Police told 8News they’re still looking for anyone responsible for the shooting but add that in recent weeks, the department has noticed an uptick in gun violence.

“I don’t want to speculate as to the reasoning, unfortunately, we have seen just a slight increase on our amount of shootings, but one is one too many,” said Lt. Michael Langford, of Hopewell Police Criminal Investigations.

The Hopewell Police Department says officers responded to the 1300 block of Edward Bland Court around 9:30 p.m. Thursday night following a shots fired report.

Inside the residence, police located a man suffering from life-threatening injuries. Medical treatment was done at the scene and the victim was taken to the VCU Medical Center where he later died.

“It appears he may have been shot outside and then staggered, or made his way back into the residence,” Lt. Langford said.

Police say 32-year-old Marcus Parker, of Petersburg, was the city’s sixth homicide this year. That’s one more than the total amount registered in 2019.

Parker’s body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) for autopsy.

“The Criminal Investigation unit initiated an investigation immediately, processed the scene, and we’re following up on all leads at this time,” Lt. Langford added.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Hopewell Street Crimes Unit at (804) 541-2284. Persons with information on this crime and who wish to remain anonymous may contact the Hopewell Prince George Crime solvers hotline in Hopewell at (804) 541-2202.


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