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Police search for Hopewell shooting suspects

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Morris Flowers Jr. Morris Flowers Jr.
HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) -

Police need your help finding the suspects in an overnight shooting at a Hopewell apartment complex.

Lamonta Ellis, 30, and Morris Flowers, 46, were both found shot Monday night. Flowers died on the scene.

The shooting happened at the Piper Square apartment complex off of Courthouse Road near Colonial Corner Drive around 10:30 p.m. K-9 units scoured the scene at the apartment complex. Investigators say someone out there has the clues they need to solve the fatal shooting.

Ellis had to be flown to VCU Medical Center. Hospital officials say he is listed in fair condition.

Police say at least two men opened fire, but so far no one has been taken into custody. The shooters were wearing all black and masks. After opening fire, police say they ran to the back of the apartments, where investigators believe the shooters had a getaway car waiting to drive them away.

"You're going to be alright. You're going to be alright," Morris Ellis Jr.'s step-mother told his long-time girlfriend outside of his apartment complex.

"That was wrong, the way they killed him. They didn't have to kill him," his girlfriend said, only wanting to be identified as "Patricia".

"Very hard working, family man. Go to work, come home," she added. "He was standing out here talking to his cousin, he was getting ready to come into the house."

"I had just laid down. I dropped to the floor. All I heard was pow pow pow," said neighbor Victoria Mason, who lives in the same building and says she heard multiple gunshots. "It was more than 10…my heart was pumping. I was just so scared."

Neighbors and relatives now coming to terms that one of their own was caught up in gunfire.

"My son come out the door. He got hit…I'm going to miss him," said Morris Flowers, Sr.

Investigators believe the shooters had a getaway car waiting for them in the back of those apartments. Right now there's no motive and officers need your help finding whoever's responsible. If you know anything call Crime Solvers at 541-2202.

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