Shooting in Hopewell places nearby school on lockdown


HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — Harry James Elementary School in Hopewell was placed on lockdown Friday morning due to a shooting at a nearby convenience store.

Police said they were called to Five Forks Food Mart, located at 2605 Berry Street near the intersection of Courthouse and Arlington roads, for a reported shooting and found one person suffering from ‘serious gunshot-related injuries.’

The victim was transported to VCU Medical Center for further treatment.

Sources tell 8News that Harry James E.S. had to be placed on lockdown as students were celebrating Field Day. 

Police believe the shooting occurred between two people who were known to one another.

“Further specifics regarding the motive, circumstances surrounding the shooting, as well as, the identity of the victim, are not being released at this time, as detectives continue to investigate the incident. Further updates will be provided as they develop,” police said in a release.

The Hopewell Police Department is requesting that any person(s) who may have witnessed the shooting, were traveling in and/or around the area at the time or have any information to provide, to contact Lead Detective Benjamin Ransom of the Hopewell Criminal Investigations Unit at (804) 541-2284. Persons with information on this crime and who wish to remain anonymous, may contact the Hopewell Prince George Crimesolvers hotline in Hopewell at (804) 541-2202 or provide their tip using the P3tips mobile app.

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