Police investigate neighborhood following shooting of 14-year-old in Emporia

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EMPORIA, Va. (WRIC) — A 14-year-old boy was found dead behind a home in Emporia following a shooting early Saturday morning.

According to Emporia Police, the boy was found dead with an apparent gunshot wound behind a home on Briggs Street near Clay Street around 3 a.m. Saturday. The homeowner told 8News she heard gunshots and called police.

Neighbors who live near the location of the shooting said Emporia is a small town and many of them knew the victim. The young teen is remembered by community members as a sweet and respectful boy.

A SWAT Team was seen by an 8News reporter surrounding a home on Greensville Avenue Saturday afternoon, just one block from where the victim’s body was found. According to police, the officers were serving a search warrant related to the shooting. Neighbors said they did not see anyone get arrested.

An armored vehicle exiting the area after law enforcement searched a home near where the victim was found.

James Parker and Rashonda Greene, two residents of the searched home, said they heard about the shooting, but did not know any details. They told 8News they were woken up around 9 a.m. Saturday by police knocking on their door. Those officers told them a Police K9 led police to the home and it needed to be searched.

SWAT team members gathered outside of the home, law enforcement arrived at the home around 9 a.m. and left after 5 p.m.

“We was in here sleep and next thing we know, the police came knocking on the door, telling us to come out, we didn’t know what was going on,” Greene said.

They waited outside for hours as the home was searched by SWAT team members. “They told us to come outside and they were trying to get a search warrant for something,” said Parker.

The pair knew of the victim. “It’s just real sad. He was a sweet boy,” said Greene, “We’re just sorry and we’re praying for the family. And whoever did it, we just hope that they get caught for it and be held responsible.”

The investigation is still ongoing. The Emporia Police Department asks that anyone with information call 434-634-2121.

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