VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Neighbors believe the two people involved in a shooting in Virginia Beach Friday afternoon were father and son.
The double shooting occurred around 2:30 p.m. in the 2600 block of South Kings Road, according to Tonya Borman with Virginia Beach Police.
Medics pronounced 80-year-old Allie Stanford Gallup deceased at the scene. Charles Gallup, 50, was taken to an area hospital where he later died, according to police.
“The whole thing is so shocking to us,” said neighbor BJ Taylor. “The first thing that came to my mind was ‘why in the world would someone break in and shoot anybody’ because we didn’t know what was going on.”
Taylor soon learned there was no break in at the house just a couple doors down.
Neighbors believe Buddy Gallup who lived there with his wife shot his adult son Stan before turning the gun on himself. They say Stan, who has down syndrome was the person rushed to the hospital.
“Buddy is 80-something years old,” Taylor said. “Why does he have a gun? I never thought about him doing that. The only thing I can think of, buddy thought ‘what’s going to happen if I go? Who’s going to take care of my son?'”
Neighbors say the Gallups have lived in the home since the 1960s and are neighborhood fixtures. Buddy was a long-time block captain.
“‘I’ve known these people. They are quiet people. This is a quiet neighborhood,” said former neighbor Chip Derr. “It is just really shocking.”
“He was such a gentleman,” Taylor said. “He cared about the Colony. He would walk the streets during the day to make sure everything was okay. All we know is that we love them and don’t really know what’s going on. We hurt for them. We are going to miss him so much.”
Police have confirmed the shooting was an isolated incident and that they are not looking for any additional suspects or victims.
The incident is being investigated as a homicide and suicide.
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