UPDATE: Henrico Police identified the victim in a weekend house party shooting as 20-year-old Ronnie Emory Winstead, Jr. of Carleigh Court in Henrico.
“The male was deceased from a gunshot wound,” police wrote in an email. “The motive is unknown, and detectives are continuing their investigation.”
HENRICO COUNTY,Va. (WTVR) – Empty Vodka bottles and crime scene tape are all that remain after a late-night party went terribly wrong in a Glen Allen neighborhood early Sunday morning.
Henrico police responded to a call of several gunshots near the 2100 block of London Court around 1:15 a.m.
When police arrived, they found a man shot dead with a gunshot wound to the chest.
“O.K. corral. That’s what it sounded like at first,” Anthony Wilkerson, who has lived on London Ct. for 40 years, told CBS 6 News reporter Jake Burns.
Anthony Wilkerson loud voices outside woke him up before he heard gunfire ring out in his Glen Allen neighborhood.
Neighbors said a house party at a vacant house is nothing new, but police sources said this one had a deadly ending.
Officers responded to the scene for gunshot calls, but found the 20-year-old victim dead in the street.
Multiple neighbors said they heard at least eight shots. Thereafter, an area which had been filled with cars, cleared completely when people scattered.
Neighbors said the house where the party happened was vacated several months back.
Even though no one is living there, the police have been called in the past to break up parties.
“They got broken up because people were kind of on the rowdy side,” Wilkerson said. “Anything can happen. And we know that when you get too many people involved in one place, anything can happen.”
While the circumstances of what led to the homicide are still unclear, Wilkerson said says he will not wait for suspicious behavior to escalate.
“They have the right to stand around and talk all they want. But if it’s loud enough to wake me up, the cops are going to be involved — period,” said Wilkerson said.
Watch CBS 6 News at 11 p.m. for the latest on this developing story.