UPDATE: Arrest made in Chesterfield restaurant shooting

Richard Parker
Richard Parker
Michael Dudley
Michael Dudley

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - This morning, Richard Parker appeared by Video Teleconference in Chesterfield District Court to face three charges in the shooting from the Pietro's Pizza Restaurant around 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening.

On Wednesday evening, police say Parker, 56, shot an 18-year-old man and killed his wife, Cindy.

It took place at Pietro's Pizza and Italian Restaurant in the 2600 block of Osborne Road in Chesterfield.

The police warrants list the name of the victim as that of Michael Dudley, a 2010 graduate of Thomas Dale High School who plans to be a student-athlete at Virginia State University on a football scholarship.

Dudley had surgery at VCU Medical Center this morning. His father, David Dudley, said he is expected to make a full recovery.

On Thursday, Parker appeared in court twice for two separate arraignment hearings. One hearing in relation to the charges of malicious wounding, the use of a firearm to kill, and use of a firearm-aggravated assault against that 18-year-old. Then Parker appeared again, for a second degree murder charge in the death of his wife, Cindy Parker.

The first hearing involving the teenager took place in General District Court. All of the charges against Parker were nolle prossed, meaning they were dropped but can be brought back against Parker.

Prosecutors say the move is part of an effort to consolidate the case. They want to have the proceeding in Juvenile Domestic Relations Court which is where Parker faces second-degree murder charges in the death of his wife.

During that arraignment hearing Parker asked the judge for a court appointed attorney stating he's unemployed and has no income. The judge granted the request and told Parker that he would not be given bond at this point. Parker and his attorney can request a bond hearing in the future.

Parker is slated to next appear in court in August for a preliminary hearing. In the meantime, he's being held in the Chesterfield County jail.

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"It was pretty scary," said Charlene Brice who heard the shots. "It sounded like a loud pop, pop, pop."

George Maitland saw the aftermath.

"When I pulled up it looked like a young man lying here, and he got in the ambulance, and then they pulled a lady out of Pietro's on a stretcher, and put her on the ambulance," said Maitland.

Police say a man walked inside the restaurant and opened fire on another man and a woman. Ambulances rushed both victims to VCU Medical Center.

A Virginia state police trooper was at the gas station across the street. He heard the commotion and came right over. Police say the gunman wasn't on the run for very long.

Parker was arrested after a traffic stop.

"It looks like we did have some great cooperation from somebody who witnessed it. They did follow to a location up the road," said Chesterfield Police Major Karl Leonard.

Police have not released a motive for the double shooting at the popular pizza place where crime especially something like this is out of the ordinary.

"This restaurant has been here for 30 years. I don't recall anything like this in 30 years," Leonard said.

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