RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — A North Chesterfield woman has been arrested for a double-shooting at the Southside Plaza, in the 4100 block of Hull Street, Tuesday night.
Police said 31-year-old Jodi J. Hope, of the 5200 block of Goolsby Court, was arrested without incident and charged with with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
One victim found in front of the ABC store was taken to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Police said Wednesday afternoon that the victim’s condition had been downgraded to serious. The other victim showed up at a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
“My window was cracked and out of nowhere I just heard gunshots and it was very fast, and I wasn’t sure if I needed to duck,” said Michael Reese, who was nearby when the shots were fired.
Some Southside residents like Bryan Talbert are fearful violence is taking over. In fact, after living in the community for just three months, Talbert is looking to make a change.
“I’m trying to move out of this area after the lease that I have is up,” Talbert exclaimed.
The new Southside resident is trying to move out, because he feels more and more violence is moving in.
“It’s a dangerous trend,” Talbert said. “People are just not thinking well. There’s got to be some sort of something to stop this crime from happening.”
Talbert is hopeful surveillance cameras out the ABC store — where the shooting happened — will not only help investigators ID the person responsible, but will also deter violence in the future. In the meantime, Talbert is doing what he can to stay out of harms way and he has advice for others.
“Watch out for your surrounding and go home and lock your doors,” Talbert said.
If you have any information that could help police, call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.