PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) – Police are trying to get to the bottom of a robbery that ended in gunfire and four people, shot. It happened in a neighborhood on Stately Court around 11:30 Tuesday night.
Neighbors are thankful the victims are expected to be okay. They range in age from 18 to 24 and were innocent bystanders when the shooters opened fire.
These residents want more patrols in their neighborhood. Petersburg Police were still patrolling the Stately Court neighborhood Wednesday afternoon more than twelve hours after four people were shot. You can still see the blood on the curb neighbors told us is from one of the victims.
"He was laying right here," said neighbor, Corellia Hudgson. "I heard the gun shots out of my window!"
"All I heard was gunshots!" said neighbor, Rebecca Manson.
"And how did you feel?" asked NBC12's Evrod Cassimy.
"Real nervous and I'm still shaking about it!" replied Manson.
The late-night shooting still has some of them scared as they watch their children play in the same lot where the crime happened.
"I stay with them," said Hudgson. "When they move, I move. If anything happens to them, it's going to happen to me too."
One of the only signs of the overnight violence is a bullet hole in a nearby Toyota Camry. It's just yards away from where people were sleeping in apartments when the shooting occurred overnight.
"I live upstairs," said Camry owner, Rosetta Johnson. "So I feel blessed that I live upstairs."
As the four victims recover, these neighbors want more attention from Petersburg Police.
"We need a better police system," said Hudgson. "We really do! The Chief of Police needs to step his game up with his police officers. That's all I got to say!"
"I think there should be more security in the Petersburg area," said Johnson.
Despite their concerns police tell us they helped prevent this shooting from turning deadly.
"One of our officers actually provided life saving techniques that did save his life and sustained his life until the life EVAC took him to VCU Medical Center," said Petersburg Police Department spokeswoman, Esther Hyatt.
Police tell us they do have a few people of interest right now but do not have any official suspects. If you have any information about this crime you can call Crime Solvers at 861-1212.