Shots Fired Investigation Continues On S. Main St.

Published 4:30 pm Friday, May 29, 2015

FARMVILLE — Police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred Tuesday night in the 600 block of S. Main Street at approximately 7:20 p.m. and temporarily locked down the Longwood University campus.

It is believed that three to four shots were fired but police have so far found no bullet shell casings or anything in the area that had been struck by bullets.

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Nor has the incident been labeled a drive-by shooting.

“We got a response call to that area for shots fired,” Farmville Police Chief Curtis Davis told The Herald, “and we had at least two officers who also heard what they believed to be shots fired in that area. Officers responded. They believe they heard at least three shots fired, total.”

Chief Davis said witness information “is sketchy at best in regard to what everyone saw but definitely everybody heard three shots. That part is accurate.”

A subsequent press release from the department stated that three to four shots could have been fired.

Police worked late into the night on the investigation and returned to the scene Wednesday morning, “now that they have better light, to go back and try to reconfirm and verify that nothing was hit,” Chief Davis said.

Because of the proximity to campus, the university was locked down, as a precaution, but that security measure was lifted later Tuesday night, Chief Davis said.

Asked if it was a drive-by shooting, the police chief responded, “at this particular time we can’t confirm that. We don’t know. That’s a possibility—that it could have been from a vehicle. It’s also a possibility there could have been a vehicle there that had let someone out and came back and picked them up. We don’t have that information.”

The press release states that there are “mixed reports as to the possibility of a vehicle being involved or if the suspect was on foot behind the houses. Some witnesses reported a white vehicle…may have been involved. One witness was confident that the shots were fired from behind a residence.”

The investigation remains ongoing and patrols have been increased in the area.

Anyone with information regarding this offense is asked to contact the Farmville Police Department at 434-392-9259.