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100+ gunshots, 4+ shooters, 1 community in fear

Posted at 5:27 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 18:08:28-05

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. -- The scope of a shootout Saturday at the Waffle House in Colonial Heights has grown.

"We believe at least four shooters, possibly more," Colonial Heights Police Major William Anspach said Monday.

Police found at least 100 spent shell casings littering the parking lot of the Waffle House at 2002 Boulevard after they were called to the shooting at 2:30 a.m.

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The shooting came as two groups got into a late-night argument.

"All of a sudden, you just hear pow, pow, pow. I sat up, straight in bed, I've never heard anything quite like that," one neighborhood, who asked to remain anonymous said. "It scared the heck out of me, you just knew this was happening within a block or two or three. I can't explain the type of fear, the icy-ness that goes through you, to think that's so close it could come through your windows."

Bullets from the shooting scene damaged nearby homes and fences.

At least one shooter stood about half a block from the Waffle House, another shooter on Franklin Avenue, about two blocks away.

"We had individuals chasing each other as they tried to flee the scene, still exchanging gunfire," Anspach said. "They range from lower caliber weapons to height caliber weapons."

While investigators search for the shooters, they are asking for the public’s help identifying a person of interest, a man wearing a Chicago Bulls jersey who was inside the Waffle House before the chaos.

Two victims, a 19-year-old man from Alexandria and a 25-year-old man from Richmond, drove themselves to area hospitals, police said.

Neither injury was life-threatening, according to officers.

Anyone with information was asked to call Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.