One dead after shooting in Danville
DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - A Danville man died early Thursday morning from injuries sustained in a shooting Wednesday night, according to the Danville Police Department.
Police say they responded around 10:50 p.m. after receiving reports of shots fired at an apartment complex at 1321 Piney Forest Rd.
Police found 23-year-old Darick Lamont Richardson II in the parking lot of the apartment complex near the K and F buildings with gunshot wounds. Richardson was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries.
“That person has a family. I don’t know if they have children or not, but that person has a mother. That would be just the same as if I lost one of my kids,” said Holley Hooker, apartment resident.
Holley Hooker was in her car when the shooting happened while her friend’s children watched from inside.
“Everything was completely calm and then all of a sudden out of nowhere gunshots just started going off so me and her just ran inside of our apartments,” said Hooker. “What would have happened if a bullet would have ricocheted and one of them would have got shot? It’s way too many kids around here for them to be doing that.”
The Danville Police Department held a heart walk this afternoon to try and put the neighborhood at ease.
“We come out anytime after a major shooting event, loss of life, just different type of things. We don’t want rumors and we want to make sure the community gets facts from us and we can answer any questions,” said Captain Steve Richardson, Danville Public Information Officer.
Officials say this was not a random act of violence.
“Some people have problems sleeping and fear that they’re going to be a victim when things like this happen,” said Richardson. “So, when we know that an incident was not a random act, we certainly wanna get that out. We don’t always know, but when we do that, we feel like that helps people a lot.”
Police say they haven’t identified the shooter(s).
Police are asking anyone who saw the shooting or anyone who might have information on the incident to call the Danville Police Department at 434-799-6510. Police are also asking residents of the Woodside Village Apartments and surrounding areas who might have surveillance cameras to call the police department.
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