Search continues for Chesterfield homicide suspect

By: Laura Geller - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield police are still searching for the person responsible for an overnight homicide. It happened just before midnight in the 3900 block of Belcourse Road in the Belfair Townhouses complex. 38-year-old James Patrick Mosley was just a few yards from his home when he was shot and killed in a parking lot. His family was not up for talking with us Saturday.

Chesterfield Police are hoping a tiny piece of metal will help them crack the case. Twelve hours after they were first called to the scene, a forensics team armed with metal detectors searched for a stray bullet. Detectives said they think it flew into a trailer parked directly behind where Mosley's body was found.

"We heard one shot and then there was a pause and then it sounded like four more," said a resident who asked to remain anonymous. "My heart fell."

We're told Mosley was found lying next to his pickup truck with multiple gunshot wounds. He was already dead when officers arrived.

Mosley's neighbors, who did not want to talk to us on camera, say the 38-year-old had lived in the neighborhood with his parents for years. A brother lives just a few doors down. They describe the victim as kind and quiet. All day long, a constant stream of loved ones, friends and detectives visited.

"It's very sad," said the anonymous resident. "Like I said, we're all close."

Detectives explained it is a close knit community that usually only deals with minor issues. In the 27 years the woman we spoke with has lived here, she can't remember a murder investigation.

"It's a quiet neighborhood," she said. "Everybody gets along. We all look out for each other."

And now they'll do so a little more closely.

"We're going to have to keep our grandson close to the house, very close," she said.

Detectives knocked on doors but told NBC12 neighbors were reluctant to talk. If you have any information that could help, call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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