Police arrest 4th suspect in shooting at Petersburg skating rink

Police arrest 4th suspect in shooting at Petersburg skating rink
Darrick Holmes, Jr. (Source: Petersburg Police)
Darrick Holmes, Jr. (Source: Petersburg Police)

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - A young girl is in critical condition, an unintended target during a shooting a Petersburg skating rink. Two teenagers, a 20 year old, and a juvenile are now facing charges in the violence and the search is on for more people believed to be involved.

It is the very place young people come for a safe venue to have a night of fun. But the Skate Factory in Petersburg was anything but that over the weekend and now an 18 year old girl is fighting for her life.

On any given night, The Skate Factory is booming with children 10 and older roller skating to the latest beats. That was the case Friday when things took a startling turn.

"I was in my office. My 8 year old son was in there on my computer. I had just turned The Disney Channel on for him and then I heard it," said owner Shareen Fuller.

Gunshots were ringing out in the parking lot. Fuller had to think quick as hundreds of children were inside.

"We kept them all in here. A lot of times kids like to run toward the situation. But security and I made sure kids ran away from the door. We didn't let anybody out. We kept them in the entire time," she said.

Investigators believe gang activity may be behind this crime. They wasted no time arresting 19 year old Travon Henry for malicious wounding and use of a firearm. They also nabbed 18 year old Eric Ware, 20 year old Darrick Holmes, and another juvenile on gang charges.

Now police are looking for others, including a juvenile who may also be connected.

"Because of the seriousness of this incident it will be an enhanced reward," said Esther Hyatt with Petersburg Police.

Now the skating rink owner is hoping to get things back to normal. She's been open less than a year, but she's not letting crime shut her business down.

"You don't expect things like that to happen. When things like that happen at schools, you don't blame the schools. You blame the individual persons that did that. {Reporter: Business will go on?} Definitely because I think it's unfair to punish those who were not involved," Fuller said.

If you know anything about this crime, call Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212 or visit pdcrimesolvers.org.

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