PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — A violent night in Petersburg Monday left four people wounded after four separate shootings that occurred roughly five hours apart.
Police responded to the first incident in the area of Hinton Street at 7:38 p.m. According to Petersburg Police, the victim suffered life-threatening injuries.
The second shooting happened at the 400 block of Montibello Street at approximately 8:25 p.m. The victim has non-life threatening injuries, police said, though few details were released about either incident.
Petersburg Police said the two shootings are unrelated.
Roughly two hours later, police said they were working another shooting in the 2300 block of Navajo Court. The shooting occurred at approximately 10:35 p.m. and left one male victim wounded. That victim, police said, had to be flown to a local hospital.
The fourth shooting took place sometime before 1:37 a.m. when a male victim showed up at the hospital with a gunshot wound. That victim told police he was robbed and that his vehicle had been stolen.
Some community leaders in Petersburg are disheartened by the news.
“That’s not a good representation of Petersburg,” Michael Shannon, pastor at Zion Baptist Church said.
Zion Baptist Church has been a place of sanctuary for the area for more than 100 years. Shannon is an active member of his community, and says more work has to be done.
“We’ve got to do more work,” Shannon said. “More leg work. Encouraging our community persons to be more involved.”
Shannon says the solution will take time and the entire city.
“Not one component of the city is going to make this happen,” Shannon said. “All of us together. Faith based, community based, government – no one is too big or too small to make this happen.”
Police confirm one of the incidents was domestic in nature, and another involving two family members. They have identified two suspects.
Anyone with information regarding either incident is asked to contact the Petersburg/Dinwwide Crime Solvers at (804)861-1212 or by downloading the P3tips app or by going to P3tips.com.
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