RICHMOND (WRIC)—Richmond Police are investigating a shooting that left a young man dead and prompted a lockdown at Virginia Union University early Monday morning.
Around 12 a.m. on Feb. 24, the Richmond Police Department responded to the Birches apartment complex at 1304 W. Graham Road for a report of shots fired. The Birches is located just behind Virginia Union University, which has leased property in the complex specifically for upperclassmen.
Officers discovered a male suffering from gunshot wounds at the scene. He was taken to VCU Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries at 12:37 a.m.
The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Kahron M. Lee, of the 15000 block of Cardin Place in Woodbridge. He was a VUU sophomore student athlete majoring in computer information systems. Lee was a 2012 graduate of T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria and was on the track and field team at VUU. He lived at the Birches.
"It's hard to believe that I will never, ever see him again … that's what the reality is and it's hard to accept that," said VUU student Sabrina Brisbane. "I wish I could have turned him around or brought him with me. I wish he would have made a different step … it's messed up."
Brisbane was a close friend of Lee's and says they were supposed to have a class together Monday morning.
ABC 8 News Reporter Nadeen Yanes spoke with witnesses, who saw dozens of police cars swarming the scene.
"We heard a loud bang. We were like, ‘OK,' and then she was like, ‘Oh, it's a firecracker,'" said VUU student Samuel Saint-Vil. "We turned around, looked out the window, cops were everywhere."
The university was placed on lockdown for approximately two hours on Monday morning as a result of the shooting.
"It doesn't really happen around here like that, so for it to happen was just a shock," Saint-Vil said.
"It's really, really sad. A lot of people are gonna be sad; a lot of people are gonna miss him for sure," said Brisbane, adding that Lee dreamed of one day working for Google. "I just was texting with him yesterday. Super cool kid. Nice guy, not in any type of trouble, not a gangster, not a thug—nothing like that."
On Monday morning, VUU Chief of Police Carlton G. Edwards released a statement on Lee's death:
"The Virginia Union University family is shocked and saddened at the senseless murder of Virginia Union student Kahron M. Lee. The shooting took place last night on Graham Road, in the vicinity of the Virginia Union campus. Mr. Lee was a 20-year-old Computer Information Systems major. He was a well-liked person who was active in the campus community.
We are working with Richmond Police to follow up on every lead and to ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to justice. We ask that anyone who has any information relating to this case, please contact the Richmond Police Department at 646-3871 or Virginia Union Police at 257-5777. We know that you will join us in keeping this young man's family and friends in your prayers. Counseling is available at several locations on campus and can be arranged by calling 257-5875."
Witnesses say they saw three men run from the scene. Police spent hours canvassing the area, but have no suspects at this time.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Metro Richmond at 804-780-1000.
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