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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Police confirm one person was shot and an eighteen-year-old man has been arrested, in a West End shooting Thursday.

But what exactly led up to the mid-morning shooting off Rudolph Road is still being pieced together by detectives.

"They got me out of bed.  I didn't know what had happened,” said 97-year-old Helen Shanks, who says she's too old to deal with drama like this.  "He said someone got shot,” said Shanks.  “I said, where?"

The great-grandmother was just waking up, only to walk in to a living room filled with Henrico police asking questions about what happened outside her front door.  "I didn't know anything because I didn't hear anything, really," she said.

Police say a man was shot and taken to VCU Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

"All of a sudden like 20 police cars rolled up and I looked down the street and the police said something about a drive-by shooting,” said Pittsburgh native Jessica Gregory, who just moved here a month ago.

But she said there was something weird about the incident.  "Something doesn't add up," Gregory said.  She says she didn't hear any shots and she was working outside in the yard.

"It’s very bizarre,” said Gregory.  “It's a safe street and nice neighborhood."

Police sources confirm the arrest of 18-year-old Matthew Sykes in connection with the shooting, but the details of what really went down is still being worked on by detectives.

"They said the kids in that house down the street helped the victim get back in the house and call 9-1-1," said Gregory.

Sykes is charged with malicious wounding and two firearms charges.  He's due in court Friday morning.

If you have information that could help investigators, call Henrico Police at 804-501-5000 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by their tip.

15 comments

  • larry

    patty yes crime happens in the west end.More so now with the people from the east end and city where you live coming for all the section 8 apartments and freebies the west end has to offer.Now if of all you people would go back to the whole you came from we could get back to decent schools and neighborhoods.Good try though inbred.

    • PATTY

      THE WHITE BOY CAME FROM THE WEST END A$$ HOLE. I DO NOT LIVE IN THE EAST END AND I WORK EVERYDAY IN THE HEALTH CARE FIELD WHERE THE MAJORITY OF YOU WHITE PEOPLE ARE ON ALL OF THE ASSISTANCE!!!! YOU NEED TO PROOF READ BEFORE YOU HIT SEND DUMB A$$. I GUESS ALL OF THAT WEST END EDUCATION WAS NOT WORKING FOR YOU. MAYBE YOU SHOULD HAVE GONE TO A SCHOOL IN THE EAST END!!!! IT’S ” HOLE” NOT ” WHOLE “DUMMY, SO BEFORE YOU START RUNNING YOUR MOUTH YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT THE PHUCK YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT BYTCH!!!!

      • jason

        While she gets ebola—you’ll get aids from them nasty white girls. white people are the reason for diseases—sleeping with animals and manipulating nature!! You’re a Bytch hiding behind a pc. Continue to hide coward! You will NEVER express yourself publicly!

  • kitty

    But the shooter is your kind….just like the grandfather that killed his grandkids…. the Meth head father that killed his kids and stuffed them in trash bags in the trunk of his car…or the principal that was caught having sec with a boy….sad…bash one race to make yourself look good….nice trying and more of your kind is on welfare and section 8 housing…..go sip on that

  • mike

    in the west end? face palm!

    yes, please review the stories kitty speaks of for all of you whities who think your shyt don’t stink!

  • BERNIE GOETZ

    you jiggabooz commenting on this story sure have your panties tied in a knot. how are you monkeys even up this early ? go have a banana d shut yo moufff…

  • casey

    Y’all all sound ignorant & are disgraces to your own races coming out of your mouths like you have. Crime doesn’t have a color or race. It happens everywhere to all walks of life. So stop showing your prejudice & get over yourselves. We all bleed the same. The fact is that people are in a terrible state of disregard for human life. Too many shootings, killings, regardless what justification they try to give for it. There is none. Lets try to be part of the solution, not part of the negative surrounding alot of it!

  • floridaislandgirly

    This was my step son that for shot.. And you people act like its a joke!!! And who cares where you live because I sure as hell dont. And BTW living in the west doesn’t make you any better than anyone else.. That child lives in a great home with a family who is well off. So get tour facts straight before opening your ignorant mouth!!! He’s gonna be ok.. Just drop it.There were no drugs or criminal activity going on.

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