Police find teens dead on train tracks in Hopewell

Further investigation revealed two more juveniles were shot in the same incident
Published: Jun. 25, 2022 at 10:25 AM EDT
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HOPEWELL, Va. (WWBT) - Police in Hopewell are investigating after two teens were found dead and two juveniles were shot Friday night.

On Friday, June 24, officers responded to Elm Street and Arlington Road area around 10:27 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers found two males lying on railroad tracks with several gunshot wounds; both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The victims have been identified as 18-year-old Jasir Culver of Petersburg and 14-year-old Micah Coles of Hopewell.

A further investigation revealed two more juveniles were shot in the same incident. They were both taken to local hospitals and are expected to make a full recovery.

Police have not released information on a possible suspect at this time.

One neighbor said she was sitting with her daughter when the shots were fired. She then heard a rush of ambulances and police respond to the scene. Police had been called to the scene for a report of shots fired.

“I heard about maybe about 4 maybe 5 shots and you know like it sounded like a firecracker....they had tape down the train had came they stopped the train and we were trying to figure out what was going on,” she explained.

Neighbors said this isn’t the first time something like this has happened in the area. They’re tired of the gun violence.

“The violence needs to stop you know kids growing up in the world and stuff it’s just everybody needs to just start getting along,” one neighbor stated.

Anyone with information can contact the Hopewell Criminal Investigations Unit at 804-541-2284 or the Hopewell Prince George Crime Solvers Hotline at 804-541-2202.

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