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Man, woman found dead in crashed car in Hopewell

Posted at 5:09 AM, Jun 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-28 12:38:39-04

HOPEWELL, Va. — A man and woman were found shot to death in a crashed car early Tuesday morning, police said.

Hopewell officers were called to the area of S. 13th Avenue and Buren Street around 2:20 a.m. after receiving a report of shots fired. Officers found the man and woman inside a crashed car with gunshot wounds.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

“I was awoken to gunshots," explained Rudolph Roquemore, who lives on S. 13th Avenue right across from the crime scene.

"The bodies just laid there," Roquemore explained. "One in the passenger seat, and one on the ground. Somebody's children."

Roquemore said the victim's jeep crashed into his neighbor's parked SUV.

"That car has been pushed say approximately a yard-and-a-half to two yards from where it was parked," he noted.

A 21-year-old neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she woke up police at her door Tuesday morning hoping to check her Ring camera for footage of a possible suspect.

“It didn't catch anything," she explained. "My porch light was off, so the person that saw the car fly down, they went so fast. They said they had no lights on."

Tuesday morning’s shooting is the latest in a recent string of violence in the small city of 22,000 people.

Friday night, four teenagers were shot in the city. An 18-year-old and 14-year-old were found dead on train tracks less than a mile from Tuesday morning’s crime scene.

"It makes you want to sit down and have a better talk with your children concerning their safety and where to go and what times," Roquemore explained.

Some neighbors think the city should consider implementing a curfew for those under 18, similar to what Petersburg did last month.

"Keep the kids home at a decent time," he said. "Shouldn't be anything you should be doing out there at two o'clock in the morning.”

Police have not yet released the identities of the man and woman killed Tuesday or information about a possible suspect.

Anyone with information can contact Hopewell Police at (804) 541-2284.

You can also submit anonymous tips to the Hopewell Prince George Crime Solvers hotline at (804) 541-2202 or by using the P3tips mobile app.

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

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