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Third man arrested in Petersburg triple shooting that left 2 dead

Posted at 11:25 PM, Oct 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-07 16:38:59-04

PETERSBURG, Va. -- A third man has been arrested in a triple shooting that left two people dead in a Petersburg neighborhood this weekend.

Ronnie Hobbs, 24, was arrested Monday and charged as a principal in the second-degree for the shooting deaths of 17-year-old Londre Claiborne and 19-year-old Nijay Hairston.

Tariq Pope, 21, and Kevin Crenshaw, 21, have also both been charged with murder.

Officers responded to reports of a person shot in the 80 block of Courthouse Road on Saturday at around 10:21 p.m. When police arrived, they found a man suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. That man was transported to an area hospital where he died of his injuries.

According to investigators, a second gunshot victim arrived later at the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

While that second victim was being treated, a third victim arrived at the hospital with life-threatening wounds. He later died of his injuries.

Officials later identified the shooting victims as Claiborne and Hairston.

In court Monday, Crenshaw received a court-appointed attorney. Pope opted to hire his own attorney and is due back in court for an Attorney Status hearing on Oct. 21.

Pope and Crenshaw are due back in court for a preliminary hearing on December 30.

Crenshaw’s parents were in court and didn’t want to go on camera. They were very upset and described the situation as heartbreaking.

If you have information that could help detectives, call Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212 or text the keyword pdcash followed by the tip and send to 274637.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can submit a news tip here.