3 dead, 2 injured after shooting in Pittsylvania County

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“As I was getting out of the truck, we heard the shots,” said neighbor Terry Hedrick.

Hedrick lives only four houses down from this house on Shula Drive in Hurt, Virginia, where authorities found three dead bodies Friday night.

Among them was 44-year-old Jason Owen Davis, who they suspect is the shooter, responsible for the deaths of 42-year-old Twana Rhodes Davis and their 12-year-old son.

Hedrick says he did not know the family, since they were only renting the property.

“Eh, the people that have always lived here are pretty tight, but those rental houses, there are people in and out of there all the time,” he said.

Hedrick adds that Davis would shoot his handgun a couple of times a month, so he says he did not suspect the worst until 12-15 shots went off in rapid succession, resulting in a police presence of 8-10 vehicles.

“Yeah, well like I said, he shoots all the time, so I didn’t think nothing of it,” he said.

Authorities say that Davis also injured 64-year-old Patricia R. Poindexter and 62-year-old Deborah Isabel Rhodes – Twana’s mother and aunt, respectively – while they were in a car outside the house.

They say Poindexter’s injuries were life-threatening and Rhodes’ were not, but that both women are in recovery.

Authorities say that the investigation is ongoing. They say that some officers stayed until 5:30 Saturday morning, and that others had to take breaks during the night because of the case’s emotional nature. 

Authorities say that they were first called about the situation by a bystander at a nearby shop, who saw several bullet holes in the car of the injured women.


UPDATE (1/5/2019 5:47 PM) – Authorities with the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office have released the identities of the victims of Friday’s shooting: 42-year-old Twana Rhodes Davis, 44-year-old Jason Owen Davis, and a 12-year-old boy with the initials RKD. They add that Jason Owen Davis was found near a firearm and is believed to be the shooter and is the father of RKD. They say that Jason Owen Davis, Twana Rhodes Davis, and RKD were living at the house in question, 3197 Shula Drive, which was being rented under Jason’s name. They add that the bodies of Jason Owen Davis and Twana Rhodes Davis were found in the kitchen, and that the body of RKD was found in what appears to be his bedroom.

Authorities say that Jason Owen Davis also injured 64-year-old Patricia R. Poindexter, the mother of Twana Rhodes Davis, and 62-year-old Deborah Isabel Rhodes, the sister of Patricia R. Poindexter. They say that both women are from Lynch Station, Virginia, and that both were in a vehicle when they were shot, with Poindexter in the passenger seat and Rhodes in the driver seat. They add that Poindexter sustained life-threatening injuries, that Rhodes sustained non life-threatening injuries, but that both women are currently in recovery.

Authorities say that Jason Owen Davis fired multiple rounds both inside and outside of the house, some of which hit the car containing both Rhodes and Poindexter. They say that the women drove to a nearby store, where a bystander noticed the damage and alerted police, who arrived in about 10 minutes.

Authorities say that the investigation is ongoing, and that they will provide more details as they become available. They say that some officers did not leave the scene until 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning, and that some had to take breaks during the investigation because of the case’s emotional nature.


UPDATE (1/4/19 10:30 p.m.) — The Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office is reporting three people are dead and two injured after a shooting in the Hurt area.

Deputies said they initially responded to Shula Drive and Blue Ridge Drive, and then were lead to the 3000 block of Shula Dr. where two victims were found with gunshots wounds and taken to the hospital.

Three additional victims were then found inside a home in the 3000 block of Shula Dr. All three were dead upon arrival.

The identities of the victims and those killed have not been released as they are pending family notification.

According to deputies, this is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the community.


The Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what they’re calling an emergency situation in Hurt.

Deputies said the incident happened on Shula Drive.

Currently, law enforcement officials have both ends of the road blocked off as a safety precaution.

WFXR has a crew on scene and is working to learn more information. Stick with us for updates throughout the night.

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