DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) - Sheriff's deputies are investigating a deadly shooting near a Dinwiddie County block party. 24-year-old Jamell Snowden was killed, and three others are hospitalized, when gunfire erupted just after midnight, on Brunswick Avenue in a West Petersburg community.
Relatives of Jamell Snowden say he was at a cookout. Around midnight neighbors say it turned ugly when someone starting shooting.
"Pow, pow, pow...it sounded like [the] Fourth of July," said one neighbor.
People scrambled down Brunswick Avenue to get away, but Snowden and three others got caught up in gunfire.
Neighbors say the shooter, or shooters weren't from the neighborhood.
"They don't even live around here and that is unacceptable," said a neighbor. "You're going to a party and you're supposed to have a good time, not just to come out here and tear up my neighbor."
Snowden lived with his grandmother a mile and a half away. 1:30 Sunday morning, Idella Robinson received the call saying her grandson had been shot.
"My blood pressure has jumped up so high," said Robinson. "I couldn't talk, couldn't breathe."
She and Snowden's 17-year-old brother rushed to Brunswick Avenue hoping for the best.
"I kept praying it wasn't him, it wasn't him," Robinson added. "When I got there and saw the look on the police officer's face, I knew it was him. I knew he was gone."
Robinson says her grandson was selfless.
"He will see a stranger in the street. He'll take his last dollar and give it to him."
Snowden's brother says he could rap, and loved music, he had just celebrated his 24th birthday last month, and was supposed to start a new job Monday. Most of all, he just enjoyed spending time with family.
"He was very goofy and funny," said Devon Robinson. "He was always making me laugh about the dumbest and smallest things."
"I can't eat," said Robinson. "I can't sleep. I'm just waiting for him to walk through the door. I can't believe he's gone"
At last check, one of the victims remains in critical condition at VCU Medical Center.
Two others are being treated for less severe injuries at Southside Regional.
If you have any information that could lead to an arrest, call Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at (804)-861-1212.