Man, woman killed in Hopewell double shooting, police say


HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — A man and a woman are dead following a double shooting in Hopewell Thursday afternoon. Authorities say a homicide investigation is ongoing.

8News has learned that police arrived in the 1300 block of Central Avenue around 2:30 p.m. following a shots fired call. There, authorities found the man dead at the scene and a woman suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

According to police, the male shooting victim was found outside, while the female shooting victim was found near or just inside the residence.

Police identified the male victim as 39-year-old Julian Emmanuel Sharpe of the 1300 block of Central Avenue and the female victim as 39-year-old Elisa Scott of the 3700 block of Paul Karnes Drive.

Scott was taken to the hospital, where she later died from her injuries. Both victims have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsies.

There is also no suspect information at this time. Police are looking for a light color four-door sedan seen leaving the scene around 2:30 p.m.

The surveillance photograph above depicts a four-door sedan with a sunroof and damage to the
passenger side quarter panel seen leaving after a double shooting in Hopewell on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2020.

Authorities could not confirm if the victims were related. 

8News’ reporter Ben Dennis was at the scene and observed detectives collecting evidence.

A neighbor, who did not wish to be identified, told 8News he witnessed the shooting. He says the man and woman were near the front porch when two people shot at them from near the street and drove off.

Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting while traveling in or around the area at the time or have any information to provide is asked to contact police at (804) 541-2284. Persons with information on this crime and who wish to remain anonymous may contact the Hopewell Prince George Crimesolvers hotline in Hopewell at (804) 541-2202.

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News for updates.



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