Two victims flown to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries

PETERSBURG — Five people were hospitalized after a drive-by shooting outside a Petersburg grocery store Sunday night.

Petersburg Bureau of Police Lt. Emanuel Chambliss said police responded at 9:37 p.m. to Shortt’s Grocery store at the intersection of Mistletoe and Harding Streets for a report of a person shot.

Neighbors several houses away said they heard six to eight shots that “sounded like hammers” coming from the scene.

Police found three people with gunshot wounds outside the store. One person was in the roadway and two others were found nearer the sidewalk at the front of the store.

Two of those victims were Medflighted to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

While responders treated the three victims, police received another call from an officer on off-duty hospital security at Southside Regional Medical Center who said two other people had arrived by personal vehicle with gunshot wounds.

According to the off-duty officer, those victims said they came from the location of the store, said Chambliss.

Of the victims’ injuries, one was shot in the hand, one was shot in the side, and one was shot in the head. The nature of the injuries of the two who were transported to SMRC by personal vehicle is unknown at this time.

Police believe unknown parties drove “a silver Dodge Charger-type vehicle” and shot the victims while traveling north on Harding Street.

Ammunition casings could be seen peppered along the street on Harding Street. Investigating the scene by the light of his flashlight, Chambliss said the casings appeared to be 9mm or .380 ammunition.

The search for the suspects and the vehicle was ongoing as of 11 p.m.

-This developing story will be updated as more information becomes available.

-Scott P. Yates may be reached at syates@progress-index.com or 804-722-5154.