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Richmond Police Patrol Neighborhood to Calm Fears After Recent Shooting

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Fifty officers walked through the Swansboro West neighborhood Tuesday evening, talking to residents after a recent shooting. Fifty officers walked through the Swansboro West neighborhood Tuesday evening, talking to residents after a recent shooting.
RICHMOND (WRIC)In late February, a Hanover County teenager was shot and killed in Richmond, but no arrests have been made, even though police know who pulled the trigger.

Richmond Police say they are still investigating the case. Even so, residents are still on edge. Fifty officers walked through the Swansboro West neighborhood on Tuesday evening, speaking with residents and trying to calm their fears.

Two weeks agonot even a block away, near McRand Street16-year-old Robert Fox was shot and killed.
 
"It's too many of our young black brothers, people in general, getting killed for no reason," said resident Devonn Anthony.

Police know the person who pulled the trigger, but that person hasn't been arrested. Sources tell ABC 8News the teen may have been breaking into cars, so police are working with prosecutors to get all the facts.

"What's the forensics evidence? What's the information that we get from Crime Stoppers? What do witnesses have to say? What about individuals who may or may not be involved have to say?" said RPD Major Steve Drew. "And then we sit down, take a look at those pieces together and we make a decision with the Commonwealth Attorney's Office."   

Over the years, Swansboro West has become safer. But sporadic crime and just knowing there was a fatal shooting here has made residents nervous. Police hope this walk-through will calm fears.

"We are here," said Lt. Michael Bender. "We've been present since that incident, and we'll continue to be present until it's resolved."

"It's good to have support around your neighborhood," Anthony said. "I wish we could be our own support, but we don't even really support each other. It's good that they're here for real."

Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Herring says that the shooter hasn't been arrested because authorities are trying to figure out if Fox was shot in self-defense or in defense of property.


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