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Two injured in Chesterfield shooting

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield Police are investigating an early morning double shooting at an apartment complex.

This happened in the 2400 block of Alfalfa Lane, just off Jeff Davis Highway. 

Police say one of the gunshot victims suffered a serious injury after being shot in the chest and the other victim has a minor gunshot wound after being hit in the arm.

Police are still not sure why gunfire broke out. Neighbors say incidents like this are happening all too often. 

Richard Rossi lives only a few feet from where the shooting took place. Rossi got up early Sunday morning, trying to get an early start moving out of his apartment when he heard several gunshots.

"I didn't really recognize it as gunshots at first," Rossi said.  "I come outside and I ask the neighbors, 'did that sound like gunshots to you?' and they said 'yeah that sounded like gunshots to me'. Next thing you know you hear cops pulling up."

Duane Wade lives next door. He says gunshots ring out in this neighborhood way too often.

"I don't want to say you get numb to it," Wade said.  "It's like living near an airport, after a while you almost don't pay attention to it and until something like this happens, when someone actually gets hit, I guess that's when you really realize that this isn't a game out here."

The man shot in the arm left the scene and walked through a nearby trailer park. He walked right by Tabitha Tolentino's home. She says she was sound asleep when she heard the gunshots.

"I'd rather get awaken by breakfast in bed and flowers than gunshots," Tolentino said.

Now there is blood outside her doorstep.

{2:41} "I'm concerned about my safety, my kid's safety, my family's safety," she said.  "It's just too close to home."

Rossi says this shooting proves why he's moving out.

"I took a risk being here," Rossi said.  "I'm just glad I'm moving out too because I know it's not that great of an area."

Police say they responded to calls of gunshots in this same area around 1 or 2 a.m. Sunday as well but so far investigators are not sure if the gunfire is related. 

If you have any information, you're asked to call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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