Petersburg police investigate 6th shooting in a week

Petersburg police investigate 6th shooting in a week

PETERSBURG, Va. (WWBT) - Petersburg Police are investigating a sixth shooting since Monday.

Police say the incident took place around 4 a.m. Sunday morning at the Petersburg East Apartment complex, and left one man dead and a woman flown to the hospital.

“I was just out here the other night, as I was ducking because I was hearing shots over here," Tonya Jackson said.

Jackson worries for the safety of her daughter and grandchildren who live at the complex.

“It’s just too much. We can’t take it anymore. The young kids are out here scared. They can’t come out here and play,” she said.

While this is the second shooting at Petersburg East this week, it’s the sixth in the city - also this week.

“When’s ‘enough’ enough?” Police Chief Kenneth Miller said on Sunday. The chief said he was tired of having to deal with yet another shooting.

“Families are impacted. We’re killing people, we’re killing opportunities. We need to give these young people the opportunity to grow,” the Chief said while at a community event at the N Madison Street YMCA.

Smiling kids and families enjoying the weekend were present at the YMCA for the 14th annual 'Kickback to School’ drive.

“Our goal is to give away 1,400 backpacks to 1,400 students in Petersburg today," said event organize Shaheed Shabazz.

Shabazz said local barbershop “Allusions” originally started the giveaway 14 years ago, and since then it’s morphed into a community-wide spectacle.

Chief Miller is calling on the public’s help to make events like ‘Kickback’ the norm in his city.

“Step up and start letting us know. Tell us how we can help you. Our kids who are receiving the backpacks, haircuts and all the great community endeavors that our kids are receiving right now, it won’t matter if they’re dead," he said.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212.

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