UPDATE: Police ID slain VSU student; search for ‘person of interest’

ETTRICK, Va. (WTVR) — A Virginia State University student was shot and killed at the University Apartments near campus Thursday night.

Eric Wilkins, 22, of Hopewell, was a junior at the school, a VSU spokesman confirmed Friday morning.

Wilkins was shot during a verbal altercation with another person at the complex located half-a-mile from campus along the 4000 block of J. Mitchell Jones Drive. The shooting happened about 11:30 Thursday night. Wilkins’ body was discovered outside in the area of a parking lot and sidewalk.

Chesterfield Police have taken the lead in the investigation.

A person of interest has been identified, however the search continues for that person.

The apartments are considered off the Virginia State University campus, but are exclusively for VSU students.

The university is operating on an normal schedule Friday.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Chesterfield Police at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

Stay with WTVR.com and CBS 6 News for updates on this story. 

20 comments

    • sw

      I see they must have corrected the story. It is sad when stories with many errors are becoming the norm every where nowadays.

      • M.L. Adams

        My high school journalism teacher would have given the story an F-! And how does an outsider, with a gun, get into a ‘gated/secure’ facility?

  • Daniela

    I’m a journalism major at VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY. Give me an internship, and you won’t see silly mistakes like this.

  • Brandon

    the same school where the athletes had to physically assault someone on the other team…….sounds like an awesome school

    • Mel

      Brandon, just because the shooting was NEAR the school doesn’t necessarily mean that the victim or the murderer were students at the school. The news only likes to report on the bad things that happen at VSU but when something good happens, it’s like VSU doesn’t exist.

  • Mel

    Brandon, just because the shooting was NEAR the school doesn’t necessarily mean that the victim or the murderer were students at the school. The news only likes to report on the bad things that happen at VSU bit when something good happens, it’s like VSU doesn’t exist.

  • Manalishi

    Mel, You are doing a lame job of mitigating the fact that VSU is a disgrace that’s infested with drugs, herpes, and violence that is considered an acceptable standard in your world. This lack of values and denial is defended to the bitter end by those of low standards.

    • Mel

      You can’t tell me what an acceptable standard if my world is if you don’t know me, where I’ve been, or where I come from. This isn’t my world. I’m not used to this at all. Not everyone at VSU is a violent, herpes infested, drug addict. There are a few people who do fit what you’re describing and those people are the ones on the news. It’s a shame that their actions change peoples opinions on the entire school. However, the fact that you judge an entire school simply on the actions of a small percentage of the school’s population makes you the definition of ignorant.

  • Tosha

    They still don’t know if the shooter was a student or not, so for you all to jump to conclusions is very ignorant. I am a VSU alumni and I know for a fact that Petersburg locals are always coming on campus trying to start trouble.

  • Elizabeth

    Manalishi, you sound so ignorant right now. 90% of colleges has issue with drugs, sexual diseases, and violence. You have students that have different upbringing and way of lives and you can never control what happens in any situation. The difference here is that when a event happens at a HBCU it’s portrayed in a more of a negative light, but there are actually more drug use and crime at predominately white colleges. Do you homework before making an ignorant remark.

  • Nonya Bisnes

    This is tragic, but let’s not forget what happened at VTECH. That is a “more prestigious” school yet a stupid went on a killing spree. To call this school thuggish because of an isolated event is rather prejudice. There is crime like this that is commited by people in every race, gender, and age. Mourn the loss of this person instead of bashing a university. Let’s take action and find a solution.

  • V State Concerned

    This apartment is not secure. Anyone can just hop the fence or get in. Their needs to be more security in this apartments.

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