1 dead, another hurt in Petersburg double shooting


PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — One person is dead and another is hurt after a Wednesday night shooting in Petersburg, authorities said.

Just after 11:15 p.m., officers were called to the 800 block of McKenzie Street for a report of a double shooting. When officers arrived, they found two shooting victims: one was dead and the other victim was injured.

Police identified the shooting death victim as William Joseph Spillane, 27, of Richmond.

The injured victim, who was shot in the leg, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury, police said.

Detectives later determined that the area where the victims were found is not the area where the shooting occurred.

Antonio Tazewell, who has called the city of Petersburg home for 19 years, told 8News he spent much of the evening preparing for Thanksgiving dinner when he heard sirens and witnessed police lights. 

“There were police lights at the end of the street not knowing exactly what had taken place,” Tazewell said. “Time was getting late but still the noise of the sirens and stuff stopped us to the point where we had to open the door and look out.”

While Tazewell feels safe in his home, it saddens him to see memorials go up on nearby streets where people have been killed.

“You go from one street to the other, you see people, they put up balloons and flowers and things of that nature to where someone has lost a life,” he said. “It’s just sad that the judicial system is here but yet we still take matters into our own hands and this is the end result of it.”

For Tazewell, however, he hopes residents of Petersburg find something within.

“Let’s stop the violence,” he said.

Police say if you were in the area of High Street and University Boulevard and heard or saw anything, to contact Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212. Crime Solvers pays a cash reward. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is also being offered.

Stay with 8New for updates on this developing story.

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