UPDATE: Police investigate homicide in eastern Henrico

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Henrico County Police are investigating a homicide at 3925 Hallwood Farms Road in Eastern Henrico.

The 911 call came in around 5:55 a.m. as neighbors heard gunshots.

When police arrived, they found evidence of a struggle outside of the victim's home and later discovered the victim inside the home, shot.

The victim, Robert D. Hewlett, III, 34, was the son of a retired Henrico County Homicide Detective.  He suffered a gunshot wound and was found inside the home. He was transported to VCU Medical Center and died at the hospital around 6:30 a.m.

An adult female and two children were sleeping inside the home at the time of the shooting.  They were not injured.

Right now, police and investigators are canvassing the neighborhood in the middle of a tedious investigation into the county's 12th homicide of the year. There are no suspects at this time.

Police had the K-9 unit and several medal detectors out on scene for hours this morning. They also canvassed the neighborhood talking to many neighbors, including Mildred Gregory.

"I heard 1 gunshot. My daughter said she heard about 4 or 5," says Mildred. "We don't have that over here. We never have anything like that over here."

Now, police re trying to figure out why this all happened in this quiet neighborhood in the first place. ,

"My daughter asked, 'mama, who is doing all of that shooting?' I said, I don't know," adds Gregory.

Police caution this investigation may take a long time. That's because the time of day the crime occurred and the heavy rainfall we had this morning, made evidence collecting a little more difficult.

"Questions on how, what are still being asked, not answered," says Lt. Eric Owens with Henrico Police. "It's not something we can rush,  not something we can speculate. It's just ask, answer to try putting a puzzle together piece by piece."

Police did collect evidence on the scene, but they will not tell us what that evidence is.

It is possible we'll know the cause of death from the medical examiner on Thursday.

Anyone with information related to the crimes is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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