Deadly shooting in Chesterfield county

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield police are trying to identify suspects in a deadly shooting. Two males were gunned down in broad daylight at the Cloverleaf Lake Townhomes off Amster Road. Only one survived.

One male was found dead inside a car, another wounded nearby. The survivor is in stable condition at Chippenham hospital. The shooting happened at 4:20 Wednesday afternoon, not long after children in the area arrived home from school. A troubling sight, especially for people who live at Cloverleaf Lake Townhomes.

"I've got two kids. What if they'd been out here playing?" said Karie Truelove.

Truelove had to see for herself why so many cops were in her neighborhood, but wasn't surprised to find out they were investigating a double shooting and homicide.

"It's normal living for us you hear it. You go on back about your day doing what you're doing," said Truelove.

Witnesses heard gunfire not long after children arrived home from school.

"My neighbor told me he heard gunfire - pop, pop, pop, about four or five times," said another neighbor who did not want to be identified.

Police said they found a male passenger dead inside what appeared to be a dark colored Chrysler. Another male was wounded nearby.

"They had a tragedy in their community and we're here to support them in any way we can, and just pull together, and be safe as they would anywhere," said Major Dan Kelly with Chesterfield police.

Detectives spent hours canvassing the community for witnesses as forensics officers collected evidence from the car shielded by blue tents. A state police K-9, trained to sniff for gunpowder, was brought in to search for weapons.

Neighbors say this isn't the first time they've heard gunfire in their community and probably won't be the last. Truelove says she's happy to be moving out soon.

"This is just all the more reason to go even quicker," said Truelove.

This is the second homicide investigation for Chesterfield police this year. Anyone with information is asked to called Crime Solvers at 748-0660. 

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