UPDATED: One dead, two injured in Lynchburg shooting

May 20, 2010
  • Lynchburg police officers were still on the scene hours after the shooting.
Lynchburg police officers were still on the scene hours after the shooting.

UPDATED: 6:00 p.m.

One man is dead in Lynchburg's first homicide since 2008.

It happened around 2:45 this morning at a house on Floyd Street, near 17th Street.

Three men were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds.

25-year-old Derrick Lee Payne died Thursday afternoon.

People who live on Floyd Street say their neighborhood is the kind of place where kids play freely and friends chat on the front porch.

"There's no safety issue," says Floyd street resident Mary Lantz.  "There's never been an issue."

Lantz tells News 7 she woke up to "continuous shots being fired.  I can't say how many there were, they just scared me pretty bad."

Down the street, Shronda Robey is still shaken up.

"I was sitting on my porch when the shots were fired. We had to run in the house and get down on the floor," says Robey, who tells us she hasn't slept all night.  She's not scared, just angry this could happen near her family.


"It's just ridiculous," says Robey.  "I've been here going on five years and it's a lot of shooting going on, but to actually see that, it's hurtful," remarks Robey, shaking her head.

Thursday's shooting marks the end of a quiet streak for Lynchburg police. They haven't worked a violent crime scene like the one on Floyd Street in many months.  Until the death of Derrick Payne, the city hadn't seen a single homicide in more than a year and a half.

"Certainly, whenever you go a long period of time without a homicide, you want to see that trend continue," says Lieutenant Alan Faircloth with Lynchburg Police.  He tells us Thursday's incident is likely gang related.

"At least a couple of the individuals involved here do have past gang associations and we do suspect gang activity at this point," says Faircloth.

Police have been actively fighting gangs in the city and so far, they say it's been working.

"We'd love to have a perfect record forever," says Faircloth.  "Realistically, we know that's not going to happen."

Robey says her street can stay crime free, but it'll take effort by both her neighbors and police.

"Keep the people that don't live over here away from here, because we don't cause trouble," says Robey, who doesn't want her street known for violence.

So far, no one has been arrested in connection with Thursday's shooting.

UPDATED: 4:20 p.m.

Lynchburg police say one of the three gunshot victims has died from his injuries.

Officers have identified the victim as Derrick Lee Payne of Lynchburg.

The second victim was treated and released.  A third victim underwent surgery for non life-threatening injuries.

UPDATED: 1:10 p.m.

Lynchburg police have retracted earlier information that said one of this morning's shooting victims had died.  A department spokesperson said the three are still hospitalized.  One is critically injured.

UPDATED: 11:45 a.m.

Lynchburg police say one of the three men wounded in a gang-related shooting has died.  Officers have not released the names of the three men.


Lynchburg police are investigating an overnight shooting that injured three people.

Captain Todd Swisher with the Lynchburg Police Department says a 911 call came in around 2:45 a.m. about a possible malicious wounding near the intersection of Floyd and 17th Streets.

When police arrived, they found three men with gunshot wounds.  All were taken to Lynchburg General Hospital.  Swisher says one of the men is in critical condition and that two of the shooting victims are associated with gang activity in the city.

No one has been arrested or charged in connection with the shooting.

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