Henrico police say verbal altercation led to shooting

By Laura Geller - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Henrico Police are releasing more information on Sunday's early morning shooting in the Short Pump area. The shooting happened near Dave and Buster's in West Broad Village.  Police tell us they believe there was a verbal altercation between two groups of people before a bullet landed one man in the hospital.

Investigators are still weeding through information. They say one witness tells them there were three people involved, another says four. We've also learned the shooting happened on the sidewalk that leads to the restaurant, not in the parking garage as first thought.

Henrico Police Lt. Doug Perry says it was a, "very serious situation, very dangerous situation."

While police aren't sure if the two groups of men knew each other beforehand, victims tell investigators they were not actually at Dave and Buster's that night. They were just hanging out on the side walk when a verbal altercation led to violence.

Ryan Mcaulay moved into an apartment in West Broad Village three months ago.

"The crowds hanging out and loitering, smoking in the parking garages.  It's just not what we expected," he said.

And he says a shooting within walking distance of his new home is beyond concerning.

Witness statements have police looking for more information: checking surveillance footage from the parking deck and surrounding businesses to put together the pieces of this puzzle.

The victims and witnesses gave vague suspect descriptions. They did not elaborate on ages, heights or weights.

"It obviously happened very quickly but if they were talking back and forth and having a verbal altercation, it's kind of suspicious to me that they don't have a better description of the suspects," said Lt. Perry. "If me and you had an argument, I'd remember you. I'd remember something about you,"

Mcaulay says given the fact that crowds are now in the area late into the night, he never knows what could happen.

"It's a group of people with a group of people. And if those groups of people hang out here and they come back and forth and it's going to start a big rivalry of some sort that definitely concerns me and my family," he said.

Henrico Police are working with businesses in the area to offer suggestions on how to increase security.

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