Police: Three weekend shootings all related
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Charlottesville Assistant Chief of Police Major Jim Mooney says all three shootings that occurred early Saturday morning are related.
Mooney says information on suspects is not being released at this time, but one arrest has been made.
Twenty-year-old Dangelo Toney of Waynesboro is charged with obstruction of justice and possession of a concealed weapon.
"It's one particular group, it's one particular person. It's three separate incidents, but when it's related like that, it's one big incident, I would say," said Mooney.
The first happened around 1:30 a.m. Saturday at 313 Second Street SE. Two people were shot and two vehicles were damaged.
Just 40 minutes later, officers responded to shots fired on Eighth Street NW and Albemarle Street.
Officials say the suspect took off running. No injuries were reported but a bullet hit a nearby home.
Just before 2:30 a.m., officers responded to multiple shots fired in the 1400 block of Hampton Street. Police found 15 shell casings and a house damaged by gunfire.
"They just do not care who they hit. Buildings, cars, people. They just do not care," said Mooney.
He says the police department has increased its presence in affected areas, but the department is extremely short staffed.
"We are below 100 officers for the first time in as many years as I can remember, which is causing us to have officers work past their normal shifts," Mooney said.
Mooney says officers are having to pick up extra shifts or stay later than when their normal shift ends.
Officers have also confiscated nine firearms within the past two weeks.