PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — An arrest has been made Saturday after Petersburg Bureau of Police officers responded Thursday near Walnut Hill Elementary for a reported shooting, where they found the body of a 19-year-old.
Around 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24, police reported that they were investigating a shooting at the intersection of West South Boulevard and Wakefield Street.
“We are asking the public to avoid this area at this time,” a police spokesperson said.
Shortly before 4:30 p.m., Petersburg City Public Schools made an announcement that “Walnut Hill Elementary is on a controlled movement.” All students and staff are reportedly safe.
Around 5 p.m., the school district reported that controlled movement at Walnut Hill Elementary had been lifted.
Updated information released by police at about 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26 said that a victim was found at the scene with a gunshot wound. The victim was then taken to an area hospital, where police said the victim was identified as 19-year-old Matthew Gibbs, of Columbia, South Carolina.
Police said it has been confirmed that the shooting did not take place at the location where Gibbs was found.
On Friday, Aug. 25, police said a primary juvenile suspect was apprehended, who has been charged with second degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and discharging a firearm within city limits.
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