HALIFAX (WSLS10) - People who live near the VFW post on route 501 in Halifax are sharing their reactions about a recent shooting. According to Virginia State Police (VSP), around 2 a.m Sunday a security officer called the Halifax County Sheriff office to get a deputy to address a parking issue at the post. State police said, when the deputy arrived, he heard gunfire and witnessed a male suspect firing into a crowd of people. The deputy confronted the suspect, but the suspect refused to follow the deputy's commands to drop the weapon and the man was later shot by the deputy.
The Commander of VFW Post said their facility was being used for a birthday party, and none of their members were involved in the incident Sunday morning. Many residents said the area is quiet and tranquil.
"It was shocking. It's a good place to raise a family, I think we're gonna recover," Tom Brown a resident said.
Brown lives yards away from where the shooting happened, he said incidents like that are rare.
"That's not the kind of thing that goes on here, we have our problems all little towns have their problems but like i said that was an abomination that doesn't happen here," Tom Brown Halifax resident said.
The male shooting suspect is currently being treated for non-life threatening injuries. A total of five other individuals were hurt. One is being treated for life-threatening injuries; a second one for serious injuries; and three others have already been treated and released from Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital in South Boston, VA.
The deputy was not injured in the incident, however the Halifax County Sheriff has asked Virginia State Police to investigate the shooting, and the deputy involved shooting.