PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — The Petersburg Bureau of Police is investigating after they say two people were shot on South Street.
“Sad. It’s … just sad. I can’t say what I want to say though. So I’ll say sad” said Lorenzo Walker about the shooting.
Walker has lived in Petersburg his whole life, he’s lived on South South Street for several years. Now he says yesterday’s shooting has him reconsidering the place he calls home.
“I’ve been in this home for 17 years and I’ve never seen it this bad. Never in Petersburg,” Walker said.
According to a tweet posted by the department at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, the shooting took place on the 10 block of South South Street.
Walker lives just a few houses down from where the shooting happened. He said he started hearing gunfire ring out shortly before 2 p.m.
“It was a bunch of gunfire,” Walker said. “Like it was World War II or Beirut or something.”
According to Petersburg Police, two victims sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Both victims remain hospitalized – one is stable and the other is in critical condition.
One of the two victims was airlifted to a local hospital.
Walker told 8News he had only one thought when he heard the shots.
“Oh lord here go again. It’s just … it’s too much,” he said. “We’re probably getting a body everyday two days around here from violence or fentanyl.”
Walker said he has one message to the people in his community as well as the city of Petersburg as a whole.
“I would like to tell people that we need to come together. We need to stop the violence man. This community is too small. We all have families too,” He said. “Please, to whoever is doing this, y’all guys, think about what you’re doing. Put the guns down to settle your problems a different way, man. That’s it.”
Police have not released any information related to the victims or even a possible suspect.
They say this is an open and active investigation. Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call the police.
This is a developing story, stay with 8News for updates.