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Reward offered in Jan. 3 shooting in Halifax

Halifax Police continue to investigate a shooting that occurred on Back Street in Halifax on Jan. 3, and now authorities are seeking the public’s help in finding the suspects involved.

The shooting came to light during Halifax Town Council’s monthly meeting Tuesday night when Halifax Police Chief Kevin Lands said the Halifax Police Department is offering a $500 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest or conviction of the suspect(s) involved in the Friday night shooting that occurred around 8:51 p.m. at 1015 Back St.

In his monthly police activity report to Halifax Town Council, Lands said residents at 1015 Back Street called Halifax County 911 dispatch center and reported someone had fired several rounds from a gun into their living room window.

 Halifax Police officers responded to the area and immediately secured the scene, Lands said. 

No one inside the house was hurt, but when officers arrived, the suspect(s) had fled the area in a vehicle. 

Residents told authorities they had not seen the shooter but did hear a vehicle’s engine rev up and tires squeal as it fled the scene up Back Street and onto North Main Street. It was unclear in which direction the vehicle was traveling.

A Halifax County Sheriff’s Office detective assisted the town police as they processed the scene, collected evidence and conducted interviews with those present at the time of the shooting. 

It was determined that an unknown suspect walked up onto the porch and fired five rounds from a handgun into the living room window of the house, Lands said.

He told council he was going to attack the situation from all angles. 

Since the shooting, Lands said authorities have maintained a heavy police presence in that area especially on weekends and is working with the property owner, Halifax County Department of Social Services and county officials concerning derelict properties on Back Street.

As the investigation into the shooting continues, the police chief said his department is following leads and requesting help from the public. 

Anyone with information concerning the case is asked to contact the Halifax Police Department at 434-476-2526.

 In other police business, Lands informed council the department answered 318 calls for service during the month of December.

They also made two felony arrests and served six misdemeanor charges.  They served three protective orders and 69 traffic summons and investigated three traffic accidents.

 Following last week’s train wreck in the town, Lands said he has contacted Norfolk Southern and Operation Life Saver, a non-profit organization, about providing public education programs to prevent collisions, injuries and fatalities on and around railroad tracks and highway-rail grade crossings. 

Representatives have agreed to pass out fliers at the train tracks, and town police will be trained on how to handle train collisions. 

Lands also informed council Halifax Police will be getting new bullet proof vests thanks to a grant that will cover 100 percent of the cost.