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18-year-old shot at Hopewell gas station
By Blake Belden, Staff Writer
Apr 21, 2014, 12:59

BLAKE BELDEN/HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT A bullet shattered a window in the Walgreen’s drug store across the street from the Petrol gas station where the shooting occured Wednesday afternoon.
HOPEWELL — An 18 year-old man was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound after a shooting occurred outside of a gas station in Hopewell on Wednesday afternoon, according to Hopewell authorities.

Following the shooting, the armed offender fled on foot, and authorities were not able to locate him, according to the police.

Hopewell police arrived at the Petrol gas station on Oaklawn Boulevard across the street from Walgreen’s at approximately 4:35 p.m. to a call for shots fired, said Lt. Damon Stoker with the Hopewell Police Department.

Upon arrival, authorities encountered an armed male who had been grazed in the upper arm by a gunshot, after which he was transported in an ambulance to the John Randolph Medical Center, where he is expected to make a full recovery, Stoker said.

The shooter, a light skinned black male with an afro-style haircut pulled back wearing a black hat and black sweatshirt, is believed to be an acquaintance of the victim’s, according to Stoker.

Police said the shooting does not appear to be a random act, and the victim is not cooperating.

On Wednesday evening, authorities did not release the name of the victim.

A stray bullet shattered a window of the Walgreen’s across the street, but no one from the pharmacy was injured, Stoker said.

At 6:00 p.m., yellow police tape surrounded a section of the Walgreen’s parking lot, where shattered glass was scattered across a bench and the sidewalk.

Employees at Walgreen’s declined to comment for the article.

This recent shooting is the fifth shooting in less than a month in the city, including one that happened at the same gas station.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO This image from surveillance video shows the shooter at the Petrol gas station.
At 9:25 p.m. April 10, a victim approached a police officer who was patrolling the area of Thomas Rolfe Court and told the officer that he had been shot. The victim was immediately transported to John Randolph Medical Center by the officer for treatment. A second gunshot victim was located in the 200 block of South Ninth Avenue by officers, and the victim was transported to a local hospital by ambulance for treatment. One of the victims, a 19-year-old man from Hopewell had sustained a gunshot injury to the left elbow and back area. The second victim, a 19-year-old man from Chester was shot in the buttocks. Both victims sustained non-life threatening injuries.

On March 16, 2014 at 2:24 pm, a victim arrived at John Randolph Medical Center

with a gunshot wound to the lower leg. The male victim, age 23 of Hopewell, was shot while sitting in a vehicle at the Petrol gas station in the 3900 block of Oaklawn Blvd., the same place where the shooting occurred Wednesday afternoon. On March 22, 2014 Xavier Jerome Williams, age 25 of Prince George County, was arrested and charged with malicious wounding and multiple weapons violations. The victim in the shooting was also arrested for a weapon violation after his release from the hospital.

On March 15, 2014 at 7:21pm, police responded to the 700 block of South 6th Ave.

for a shooting. Officers located a male victim, age 18 of Hopewell, suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The victim was transported to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. On March 18, 2014, Darrick Holmes Jr., age 20 of Hopewell, was arrested and charged with attempted murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and other weapons law violations.

The investigation is ongoing and authorities are asking that anyone with information regarding this latest incident call the Hopewell/Prince George Crime Solvers at 541-2202 or text-a-tip anonymously by adding “274637 (CRIMES)” to your Contacts on a cellular phone and then text “igotcha” along with a message/tip.

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