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Crime Insider: Petersburg Police conducting death investigation

Posted at 9:03 PM, Nov 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-08 12:28:59-05

PETERSBURG, Va. -- Petersburg police responded to an apparent homicide that took place Thursday night.

Sources tell CBS 6, a 17-year-old was shot and killed -- and that a suspect has been arrested

Police responded to the intersection of Colston Street and Morton Avenue around 8 p.m.

"Just sounded like firecrackers back to back, 'pow, pow, pow,' said neighbor, Ben Thorpe, who heard the gunshots from inside his home.

Other neighbors like Lindsay Gray said they couldn't get to their homes for hours due to crime scene tape and police, blocking roadways.

"They had K-9s out here on this block," said Gray, "People were turning around, there were on-lookers standing on both sides so I didn’t even want to know what it was. I just turned and got out of there."

The victim, according to a spokesperson for Petersburg Schools, had just become a student at Petersburg High School. That spokesperson said counseling is being offered for students and teachers who need it.

Thorpe said he new the teen's family, and grew up with his grandfather.

"I knew his grandaddy, I knew his grandma, I knew his aunt," said Thorpe. "When you kill one person you hurt 1,000."

A death investigation is now underway.

This story is developing and will be updated as details become available.

If you have any information, please contact the Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at (804)861-1212 or by downloading the P3tips App or by going to