Man fires gun into Colonial Heights home on Christmas

Posted at 10:08 AM, Dec 26, 2022

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. — A person was injured and their dog was killed in a shooting Christmas night at a home on Wakefield Avenue, police said.

Officers were called to the 2100 block around 5 p.m. for a report of shots fired. The victim told police a man they knew came to the house and tried to break in.

When the man couldn't break in, they fired a gun into the front of the home hitting the victim and fatally shooting the victim's dog.

Police said the victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The suspect immediately fled the area after the shooting in what was described as a blue sport utility vehicle.

Police said he was later identified as 22-year-old Rashaun Smith of Petersburg and he was arrested on Thursday without incident.

Smith has been charged with breaking and entering with the intent to commit murder, malicious wounding, animal cruelty, reckless handling of a firearm, shooting into an occupied dwelling and discharging a firearm within city limits. Police said additional charges are pending.

He is currently being held at Riverside Regional Jail without bond.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, can contact Senior Detective Chris Velasquez at (804) 520-9293 or email

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email to send a tip.

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