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Prince George
County, VA

Hopewell Police ID victim in city's sixth homicide of 2020 as a Petersburg resident


Bill Atkinson
, The Progress-Index

Police say Marcus Parker was shot inside a residence in the city's Davisville area and died later at a Richmond hospital. It is the third homicide in Hopewell in the last four weeks.

HOPEWELL — Police are investigating the death of a Petersburg man who was shot Thursday night in the city's Davisville area.

Police Lt. Mike Langford identified the victim as 32-year-old Marcus Parker. Parker was shot around 9:30 p.m. at a residence in the 1300 block of Edward Bland Court.

EMS personnel responding to the scene attempted to stabilize Parker, and he was taken to VCU Medical Center in Richmond with life-threatening injuries. Langford said Parker died shortly after arrival at the hospital.

His body has been taken to the medical examiner's office in Richmond for autopsy.

Parker's death is the sixth homicide of the year and the third homicide in Hopewell since mid-August, when two people were shot and killed outside a Central Avenue residence.

It is also the second shooting this week in a Hopewell subsidized-housing community. Monday night, a man was found shot in the parking lot of Piper Square Apartments off Courthouse Road. That victim remains in intensive care, Langford said.

Ironically, the shooting in Davisville happened on the same night Police Chief Kamran Afzal held a community meeting at Dupont Elementary School to talk about the recent spate of shootings in the city.

Anyone who may have information about the shooting is asked to call Hopewell Detective Keith Kruger at (*04) 541-2284. If you want to submit the information anonymously, call Hopewell-Prince George Crime Solvers at (804) 541-2202 or use the P3Tips app.

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