HOPEWELL, Va. (WWBT) - One person is dead after a shooting in Hopewell.
At 7:30 p.m., officers responded to a report of an individual suffering from a gunshot related injury.
Officers and EMS located Jimmy Darrelle Beverly, 49, of Hopewell inside a residence located on the 100 block of Brooklawn Avenue with life-threatening injuries.
Medical treatment was rendered at the scene, but Beverly was pronounced deceased by EMS.
“I was constantly looking out the window, and looking out the door, and backtracking, and making sure everything was locked,” said Breanna Miles.
They say first impressions are everything, and Breanna Miles may not have gotten a good one of her new neighborhood.
The mother of four had moved into her new home Wednesday, only a few doors down where Beverly was killed.
Police say the death of the 49-year-old man is Hopewell’s first homicide of the new year.
“That’s nuts," Miles said, adding, "we saw literally all the cops up there, and I thought maybe somebody’s house got robbed, or a hit and run.”
She said as the mother of a 16-month old, she hoped living in Hopewell would be safer for her family:
“For it to be that close, and for the fact that I have [my daughter] and the woman that I take care of, it’s definitely concerning.”
Miles, a former Petersburg resident, is hoping the rest of the year doesn’t mirror this violent start.
“I think there definitely needs to be a change - not only in Hopewell but in Petersburg, as well. Over the last course of the year, the violence in both cities – and even Richmond - has been outstanding. It’s a very large number from what it used to be,” she said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Lead Detective Keith Krueger of the Hopewell Criminal Investigations Unit at 804-541-2284.
Persons who wish to remain anonymous can contact Prince George Crimesolvers hotline in Hopewell at 804-541-2202.
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