UPDATE: Arrest made in Rockwood Park shooting

By Gene Petriello bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield Police have made an arrest after an alleged fight during a basketball game led to a shooting at a popular county park.

Mathew David Vance, 18, of the 3400 block of Newby's Bridge Road was arrested during a traffic stop at around 12:30 a.m. this morning and charged with possession of marijuana, felonious assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and discharge of a firearm in a public place.

He is currently being held pending a hearing Thursday morning at 11 a.m. in Chesterfield County General District Court.

The shooting happened around 7 p.m. Tuesday night at Rockwood Park on Courthouse Road is in Chesterfield.

Police say this all started with an altercation near the basketball court. They say a male involved pulled out a gun a fired toward a crowd.

One person was hit. That person was taken to the hospital and is listed in stable condition.

Stephanie Williams is out with her dog, Sonny for their daily walk around Rockwood Park on Wednesday morning. This, just hours after a violent fight and shooting near these basketball courts.

"Normally, there are a lot of families out here walking and for something like that to happen, in the daytime, whoever did it, just didn't care," says Williams.

Police say at some point during that fight around 7 p.m., a man involved pulled out a gun and started shooting. One person was shot and sent to the hospital.

Babysitter of two, Cori Steppe is on her first trip to the park. "With two of them I have to keep a closer eye on them anyway's! I'm sure I'll be more observant of what's going on now here at the park," says Steppe.

We're told several years ago, there was a shooting at the park. But until Tuesday, nothing like that happened again.

Although a sign near the basketball courts say no weapons are allowed on the courts, the county parks department says there is nothing they can do to stop someone from carrying a gun at the park, if they have the proper permits.

That's something investigators are looking into now with this latest shooting.

Still, many of those we talked with aren't ready to pull the plug on this park.

"I've never felt anything less than totally safe in the park," says park-goer Pattie Jacocks.

"I think more than anything, I'm disappointed because it gives the park a bad name," says Williams.

Right now, park supervisors say they are going to be talking with police to see if there will be any additional security put in place following this shooting. At this point, that has not happened yet. These parks are patrolled by the county police department.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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