PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — The Petersburg Police Department is investigating a quadruple shooting. Police say four people were hurt, including one person who suffered life-threatening injuries. Authorities say the fourth victim walked into a local hospital with a gunshot wound.
As of Friday afternoon, the victims are in stable condition.
Police say the four people were all shot in the area of Melville Street and Virginia Avenue but not all of the victims were located there.
On Thursday night, police found two shooting victims near the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Melville Street.
About half a mile away, police found another victim suffering life-threatening injuries on New Street.
The fourth victim has a wounded leg. Police were called to the hospital when the victim arrived on their own.
Crime scene tape, evidence markers, and investigators took over the Petersburg neighborhood Thursday evening.
The four victims have been identified as male. Police said two are 26 years old and the other two are 19 and 20.
At this time, officers do not believe the incident was a shootout.
“It’s the norm around here. You gotta know when to come out and when to go in. Like this time, it’s safe to be out here. At night, uh uh,” said James Scott. He said on Thursday night, he was out near the Melville street and Virginia avenue intersection when he heard 10 to 12 gunshots.
“People scattered everywhere, you know,” he told 8News, adding that he saw one man laying in the middle of the road. All that went through his head was “trying not to get shot,” he said.
The witness said he’d seen the group before. “I’ve seen ’em around but I don’t know them, know them,” he said. “I hope they get to the bottom of it and stop this foolishness, you know what I mean?”
Petersburg police said they still have no suspect information to share. The vicitm’s identities, including their ages, have still not been released. The witness guessed they are in their early 20’s.
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