A 23-year-old man is recovering from getting shot in the head, outside the VFW hall in Hopewell, early Sunday morning.
Within minutes, police arrested 20-year-old Kentrell Butts. Butts now faces a list of charges, including aggravated malicious wounding.
Neighbors say the VFW parking lot, off Winston Churchill Drive, was packed. The hall often hosts non-alcoholic parties for young people, according to one of the VFW officers, Burt Hunter.
Hopewell police report that just before 2 a.m. Sunday morning, Butts opened fire on Jacory Moore, as Moore was sitting in a car. Moore was shot in the head and torso.
Hopewell Police Chief John Keohane says that officers were already at the VFW before the shooting occurred.
Keohane reports that an altercation had broken out inside, and another person was arrested.
As officers continued to try to control the crowd, shots broke out, near the parking lot. Police quickly tracked down Butts, on foot. He's now in Riverside Regional Jail, with no bond.
Neighbor Jennifer Thomas says she watched the commotion from her window.
"I woke up and saw yellow tape all around here. The police were out here until 3, 4 a.m. this morning," said Thomas.
Thomas says she's unnerved because this isn't the first time bullets have flown at the VFW. In 2008, Alfonzo Patillo was shot and killed during a Super Bowl party. Thomas notes that the overnight gunfire erupted, even with police watching over the crowd.
"It's comforting to see (police) out here. However, now I don't feel comfortable because (police) were out here, and somebody got shot," added Thomas.
Alonzo Dobson, who sometimes DJ's at VFW events, drove by Sunday morning, after he heard about the shooting. Dobson says the VFW uses its own security, and is aiming to help young people stay off the street.
"They come here and listen to music, enjoy themselves. There is always a lot of food," said Dobson, who says the VFW is usually a safe place.
Hopewell police are asking anyone who may have seen the shooting or any possible altercations that happened inside the VFW hall to call detectives at 804-541-2222.
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