Witnesses: Argument leads to deadly shooting at Hopewell gas station

Published: Apr. 3, 2022 at 11:32 AM EDT
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HOPEWELL, Va. (WWBT) - A man is dead after an overnight shooting at a Wawa gas station in Hopewell.

Police say just before 3 a.m. on Sunday, April 3rd, officers responded to 907 Colonial Corner Drive for a report of a shooting.

When they got there they found Willie Studivant of Hopewell with multiple gunshot wounds, lying on the ground near a fuel pump. He was rushed to John Randolph Medical Center where he later died.

Sebastian Martinez lives nearby and said the gunshots woke him up Sunday morning.

“They woke me up because maybe they like shot four or six times,” Martinez said. “Like a pop pop pop something like that.”

Martinez said he saw a car pull out of the gas station quickly following emergency vehicles pull into the Wawa.

“A lot of police came, they blocked all the entrances and they put caution tape in front of the Wawa and that’s all,” Martinez said.

Witnesses at the scene told police, that the shooting happened after an argument between Studivant and the alleged suspect. He was described as wearing a black hat, dark hooded sweatshirt and dark sweatpants with white stripping on the outside of the pants leg. He was approximately 6′0″ to 6′2″, 150 to 175 lbs., mid to late 20′s with short facial hair and a short dreaded hairstyle.

Ashley Edwards tells 12 On Your Side, that she was in the gas station just a few minutes before the shots were fired.

“I went over to get a snack because I’m staying across the street,” Edwards said. “I went back into my hotel room and maybe 15 to 20 minutes later all I heard what to me sounded like bang bang bang bang.”

So far no arrests have been made but Martinez hopes whoever it was is off the streets soon.

“It’s scary because I have my family and my children and all of that so it’s scary,” Martinez said.

If you have information about this shooting, contact Lead Detective Cameron List of the Hopewell Criminal Investigations Unit at 804-541-2284. Those who have information and wish to remain anonymous may contact the Hopewell Prince George Crime Solvers hotline in Hopewell at 804-541-2202.

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