Police: Altercation leads to shooting near day camp in Petersburg

Police: Altercation leads to shooting near day camp in Petersburg
Samuel Devonta Vinson, 23, has been arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault, child endangerment and several firearm charges. (Source: Petersburg Police)
Samuel Devonta Vinson, 23, has been arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault, child endangerment and several firearm charges. (Source: Petersburg Police)

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - A Petersburg man faces several charges including child endangerment after police say he fired a gun into a vehicle with a woman and two young children inside.

Samuel Devonta Vinson, 23, of Petersburg, was arrested Monday morning after police responded to the 800 block of E. Bank Street just after 11 a.m. for a call of a fight involving a weapon.

The incident took place near Blandford Academy where the Petersburg YMCA was holding a summer day camp.

"I was really shocked... I see the kids outside playing all the time," said a concerned neighbor.

Police said the victim in the altercation had a bullet fired through her vehicle's windshield. She sustained injuries from the physical assault that happened and was treated and released.

The seven-year-old and the eight-year-old inside the car were not injured during the shooting.

"Oh my god no! See that's exactly why me and my child stay in the house," a neighbor said.

A seven-month pregnant woman, and mother of a three-year-old who live nearby said something needs to change in the community in order to keep children safe.

"Let's make our community better instead of tearing it apart," she said. "These kids do not deserve to see and hear things like that. That's really sad."

The children at the summer camp were outside at the time and were brought into the building, which was then put on lockdown, police said.

Vinson reportedly tried to run away from the scene, heading up N. Burch Street before he was taken into custody without incident.

"So careless to shoot a woman, or a woman with children inside a confined space and then have other kids outside as well, it's just not good," the neighbor said.

In addition to child endangerment charges, Vinson faces charges of domestic assault, aggravated assault, reckless handling of a firearm, destruction of property, discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle and unlawful discharge of a firearm.

Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to contact the Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at (804) 861-1212 or text the keyword pdcash followed by the tip and send to 274637.

Karina Bolster will have more on this developing story at 5 and 6 on 12News.

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