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1 suspect arrested, another sought in deadly truck stop shooting

Published: May. 1, 2022 at 9:23 PM EDT|Updated: May. 2, 2022 at 8:03 PM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - A person in Chesterfield has died after getting shot in a truck stop parking lot.

On Sunday, May 1 at 6:05 p.m., police responded to multiple calls about a shooting that happened in the parking lot of the Pilot Travel Center on Ruffin Mill Road.

When they arrived, officers found a person with multiple gunshot wounds and learned that the suspected vehicle had fled the area.

The victim, Keon A. Clanton, 35, was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, where he died.

Chris Wells was a driver who was just two spots down from where the shooting happened and said he tried to help Clanton.

“I heard about five or six gunshots. Two cars rolled off, and I jumped out to check on a lady, and she said there was a man on the ground,” Wells said. “I went to see if I could help him in any way, and I was just telling him to don’t die and to come back, and rubbing his arm, and that was about it until the police came.”

A bit later, police responded to a crash near the intersection of W. Hundred Road and Route 1 involving the vehicle from the shooting. Darnell S. White, 32, was taken into custody at the scene.

Officers are still looking for a second suspect that fled the crash scene.

This caused an emergency alert to go out to residents in the county Sunday night and then a second alert went out for those living between Osborne Road and John Tyler Community College.

“I did I was just a little scared, just a little frightened to know there was someone on the loose, someone dangerous,” Miriam Riley, who received the alert, said. “I hope everyone is being protected and being alert and just watching their back.”

Chesterfield Police says as of Monday afternoon that alert has expired.

White is charged with second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Anyone with information on this shooting is encouraged to call Chesterfield County Police at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

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