PETERSBURG, VA (WRIC) – One day after a shooting in Petersburg left three men wounded, neighbors remain on edge, triggered by the rise in gun violence within the city.
Police told 8News Tuesday that officers found one man shot in the arm. Two other shooting victims showed up at an area hospital. One victim was shot in the buttock and another shooting victim was shot in the leg.
Police say the shooting occurred in the 900 block of Halifax Street. There, investigators were on scene recovering evidence, reviewing surveillance video, and looking for any suspect. Bullet casings were found on the ground on Halifax Street the morning following the shooting.
Petersburg police say they believe the shooting, which occurred near the Little Food Mart convenience store, was a drive-by.
Helmi Makshar, the manager of Little Food Mart, says he heard 10 to 15 gunshots outside of his convenience store. Makshar says he went outside to see what was going on when one of the victims rushed inside. The man had been shot in the arm.
According to Makshar, the store was busy at the time of the shooting. Customers that were both inside and outside of the establishment, ran inside as well. Makshar says he locked the door until the police arrived.
Elvin Briggs, who lives on Halifax Street, says he was inside his home when gunshots rang out. He recalls also hearing about 10 to 15 gunshots.
“You don’t know if the bullets are going through your house or not,” Briggs said.
According to Briggs, his neighborhood usually is safe. He says the circumstances change when the sun goes down, however. It’s why he urges his neighbors to be careful.
“In this area you do hear a lot of gunshots,” Briggs said.
According to a Petersburg police spokesperson, the city has seen a spike in shootings.
Petersburg resident Janell Downey believes the Petersburg Police Deparment should come up with a solution to stop the violence in the city.
“Petersburg has been going through a lot of changes over the last few years,” Downey said. “I don’t think it’s necessarily this street or ward in particular. It’s Petersburg as a whole. I think law enforcement needs to crackdown. There’s too many unsolved murders.
“You’ve got COVID-19 running rampant. You’re scared to let the children come outside and play. You know that’s not a good environment.”
Police add that all three victims are suffering from non-life-threatening injuries.
Anyone with information is asked to call Petersburg Police or contact the Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers.