Drive-by shooting leaves man hospitalized, Gunman sought

PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) – A drive-by shooting leaves a father of four in the hospital and police searching for the gunman. It happened in the 3700 block of Madison Street in Prince George County.

The victim was shot once in the abdomen. He says he had just come out of his home to check his mailbox when a complete stranger fired two shots.

Police say the trigger man is 23-year-old Robert Allen. He faces a number of charges including, attempted murder. The victim is 35-year-old William Odom.

Pamela Knapp calls the attack on her son, random.

"He never met the guy. He doesn't know who he is - he doesn't look familiar to him or anything," said Knapp.

Knapp says shortly before the shooting, her son and the suspect had words.

The suspect had been reportedly honking his horn for minutes. He was trying to get the attention of one of the victim's neighbors -- the victim yelled at the suspect to lay-off the horn. Police say the suspect, who was in a green mini-van, fired at the victim.

"They shot him.  He fell and crawled behind the van because the guy was trying to shoot again," said Knapp.

The shooting happened on Friday around 2:30 in the afternoon -- just as kids were being released from school.

"The individual didn't try to hide his face or ID. If it had been 30 minutes later we would have had kids in the area, said Lt. Brian Kei.

In a phone conversation, Odom tells me he's lucky to be alive.

"He's having a hard time understanding why he was shot," said Knapp.

Odom's mother is hoping for a speedy recovery.

"We just thank God that he's stable and will be able to come home soon, we hope," said Knapp.

Police say Allen is considered armed and dangerous. He's lived in numerous locations in the tri-cities.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Robert Allen you're asked to contact Prince George County Police or Crime Solvers at 733 2777.

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