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Small town shootings believed to be retaliation for unsolved homicide

WAVERLY, Va. -- A man is fighting for his life at VCU Medical Center after a shooting at a Surry County home early Wednesday morning. The man was lying on a futon, when a barrage of bullets came through windows and walls, according to Crime Insider sources.

The focal point of the firepower was the back window of a Pontiac Bonneville peppered with bullets. But the windows and siding of a nearby home were riddled with holes as well and marked with evidence tape.

"It's very scary. Anytime these young kids,are doing such crime.... It's scary,” Surry resident Alonzo Shaw said.

Surry shooting

"I mean, after 9 p.m., all you hear is the animals, the deer running and stuff like that," said Shaw.

Surry County Sheriff Carlos Turner said deputies were called to a home near the intersection of Route 31 and Highway 604 because a home had been sprayed with bullets and a man was hit inside.

That was at 1 a.m.

Three hours later, and about 20 miles away, there was another shooting in the tiny town of Waverly.

Investigators believe the two shootings are connected.

Investigators believe the early morning violence could also be connected to the mid-December murder of Lauren Anthony Mason, Crime Insider sources told Jon Burkett. That crime is still unsolved.

In the second shooting, on East Main Street, Crime Insider sources said a gunman walked up to the bedroom window of a woman and opened fire. She was hit but not seriously hurt.

Those same sources believe it was retaliation towards whoever shot up the Surry County home hours earlier.

"I don't know who the intended target is. All I can tell you is that I know I don't deserve it,” said a woman who asked CBS 6 to hide her identity because her brother was shot multiple times. "I don't even know what the extend of the beef is, I don’t know who the beef is with…. I really don't care."

Alonzo Shaw

And care is something Alonzo Shaw said he's seeing less and less of when it comes to the mindset of a younger generation armed with weapons.

"You used to knock knuckles a bit, then you go home,” said Shaw. “It ain’t like it is today. These kids don’t home anymore. They're going to the graveyard."