UPDATE: Petersburg man shot and killed, two suspects sought

By Laura Geller - bio | email

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Armed and dangerous -- that's how police are describing two suspects still on the loose after a shooting that killed a Petersburg man.

It happened in the 1500 block of Montgomery Avenue just before 1:00 Saturday morning. Police believe robbery was the motive.

Friends and family say the victim, 44-year-old James Brown, was like many others in his neighborhood. He was kind, kept to himself, and stayed out of trouble.

Neighbors say while they sometimes hear gunfire in the area it's never hit this close to home.

Tasha Brown's phone rang in the middle of the night with the call every family dreads.

"Of course I imagined the worst," she said.

Tasha's mother told her, her brother had been shot multiple times and was taken to Southside Regional Medical Center.

By the time she arrived, just before 2 a.m., doctors had already pronounced Brown dead.

"They did what they could to save him," she said.

It was Tasha's brother, who had been visiting James earlier that night, who relayed the whole story of how their brother died.

He told her, he and James were walking out to the car when two armed men came running out of a nearby wooded path and yelled directly at James: "give it up."

One had what looked like a rifle, the other a pistol.

"My brother immediately plunged forward to him to protect himself," she said. "I guess he had good control over him and battled with him across the street and then the second assailant had a pistol which he cocked at an angle and took a couple of shots and my brother fell to the ground."

The suspects fled, leaving anxious neighbors wondering who could have done such a thing.

"If it hits close to home its because someone has brought it in this neighborhood, not because of someone living in this neighborhood," she said.

By daylight loved ones gathered again at Brown's home.

Police tape is a constant reminder of the gunshots that shattered the late night quiet and left a family to pick up the pieces.

"I'm just sad that it happened to such a good person because he was really a good person. Didn't bother anybody. Did anything he could for you," she said. "He was just really kind. Really quiet."

Petersburg police are still looking for the gunmen. If you have any information call Crime Solvers at 861-1212.

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