Lynchburg sees back-to-back shootings within one block; police investigating possible connection

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Four people are injured after three separate shootings in Lynchburg since Thursday — with two of those shootings just one day and one block apart. Police are now asking for the public’s help with their investigations.

It started at approximately 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, when officers were called to the 1100 block of Rivermont Avenue after one person was shot in the hand.

“Officers were able to work with the victim and identify the suspects and took those suspects into custody within 30 minutes,” said Lynchburg Police Department spokesperson Carrie Dungan. “It was excellent work by our officers. They were able to work with the victim to a general area, about the suspect’s vehicle, and they were able to identify the suspects and take them into custody very quickly.”

According to the department, 25-year-old Montchello Johnson and 24-year-old Cynthia Scott — both of Lynchburg — were taken into custody to face seven charges in connection with the shooting.

That was just the start to a weekend of shootings.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, police say two people arrived at Lynchburg General Hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

“Saturday night at shortly around 10:00, officers responded out for a shots fired call over on Fillmore Street, the 1100 block, after two victims had come to Lynchburg General hospital with gunshot wounds.”

Then, a day later and right around the corner, another shooting took place around 11 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, that left a person with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the ankle.

“In the 1500 block of 12th street, and there was one individual who had a single gunshot wound, and none of these were life threatening.”

The proximity is concerning.

“That’s absolutely something we’re investigating,” said Dungan, “to see whether or not any of these shootings are linked.”

Anyone with information about any of these shootings is asked to call Lynchburg Police Department.

“It’s definitely a higher level of gun violence in a short period of time than we’ve seen over the past few months,” said Dungan.

Also this month, the department reported the first homicide of the year. Last year saw two homicides, according to police.

So far this year, the department says there have been 13 malicious wounding incidents from gunfire. That compares to 15 by this time last year.

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