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Investigation ongoing in Oct. 10 shooting in downtown South Hill

SoVaNow.com / October 20, 2021
An Oct. 10 shooting in downtown South Hill could be gang-related, according to South Hill Police Chief Stuart Bowen.

Responding to a report of a wounding at the Quick Stop on South Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill, police found 22-year-old Lamari House suffering from a gunshot wound and a nearby car riddled with multiple gunshots. The incident took place shortly after 9 p.m. that Sunday evening.

Detectives with the South Hill Police Department recovered numerous pieces of evidence and are developing suspects, said Bowen. As the case remains under investigation, he was unable to say, at this time, if the same gun was used to fire on both House and the automobile, a Chrysler 300.

House was treated at the scene for his injuries and then transported by Southside Rescue to VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital for further treatment of what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

This is the second time in less than five months that House has been the victim of a shooting. On June 5, South Hill officers who responded to a call of shots fired at a party on Circle Drive found House suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Lifesaving first aid was immediately administered and House was transported for hospital treatment — first to VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill and then to MCV in Richmond.

No arrests have been made in either the Oct. 10 incident or the earlier Circle Drive shooting. Bowen said the two incidents are related but did not elaborate while the investigation continues.

Anyone with information about either crime is asked to call the South Hill Police Department at (434) 447-3104 or Mecklenburg County Crime Stoppers at (877) 676-8477. Calls to the Crime Stoppers line can remain anonymous.

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