Teenager murdered in Mechanicsville

MECHANICSVILLE, VA (WWBT) - We are learning new information about the double-shooting in Mechanicsville Friday night that left one teenager dead.

Family members tell us the victim is 16-year-old Brett Wells, a student at Atlee High School.

He was shot and killed inside home last night in the 7300 block of Verdi Lane.

Police are still looking for the gunman.

Wells' family says he was hanging out at home when several other teenagers came over looking for trouble.

Moments later, Wells was dead and one of his friends had also been shot.

A steady stream of people stopped by Wells' home Sunday, trying to make sense of his sudden death.

One of his friends knelt in the front yard and said a tearful prayer for his lost friend.

His family describes him as laid back and as a good kid. They say his death was completely senseless and this may have started as a fight over a girl.

The Hanover Sheriff's Office tells us they got a call just before 11 p.m. that two people had been shot. Wells was dead when they arrived. His friend, another teenager, was also shot.  He's expected to make a full recovery.

Wells' family says the suspects ran away from the house and into some nearby woods.

Shermaine Thomas lives next door to the Wells family. He was sound asleep when the gunfire broke out.

"My old lady said she heard about two or three shots," Thomas said. "It startled her so she woke me up and asked me what was going on."

He says police initially came to his house thinking the shooting had taken place there.

"They see me looking out the window and I was like, 'okay I live here, don't shoot'," he said.  "It's just shocking that it's so close to home."

Hanover County typically only sees about one murder a year. Just weeks into the new year investigators are already dealing with the first murder in the county in 2012.

The Sheriff's Office is still looking for the trigger man.

Investigators are looking over the evidence and are interviewing witnesses.

If you have any information that could help their investigation, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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