2 shootings on Saturday shake the Petersburg community

Published: May. 27, 2023 at 7:32 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Saturday of Memorial Day weekend was filled with gun violence after two separate shootings leave one person dead and 2 others injured.

Petersburg Police reported that a woman was dead on arrival at a home on Talley Avenue Saturday morning. She has now been identified as Tewana Williams. Police do have a suspect in custody; he has been identified as 32-year-old Donald Johnson of Petersburg. Johnson is now being held in police custody without bond pending a court appearance.

In addition to that deadly shooting, on Saturday afternoon, Petersburg police got a “shots fired” call to 13 South South Street. When they arrived, they found two gunshot victims.

“It was outside, I wouldn’t categorize it as a driveby, but it was outside. We’re not sure exact on direct details, we do know that it was a gold vehicle with tinted windows that was involved,” said Kemi Okeowo, the media relations manager with the Petersburg Police Department.

The victims’ genders, names, nor ages are being released right now. One victim is reported to have life-threatening injuries and had to be airlifted to a hospital by a helicopter. The other victim was transported by ambulance.

A Petersburg councilwoman told NBC12 that gun violence needs to end. She said problems need to be solved with talking, not violence.

Okeowo said police had been looking for the four-door gold vehicle before the shooting.

“Well, ultimately, we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable memorial day weekend; honestly, every weekend, we want everyone to be safe,” she said.

Both of these investigations are active. Police say if you have any information, submit a tip through their online tip line - p-3-tips.