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Police, Residents Come Together After Recent Government Road Shooting

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Monday night, dozens of concerned citizens gathered at Calvary United Methodist Church on Williamsburg Road to talk about a recent triple shooting. Monday night, dozens of concerned citizens gathered at Calvary United Methodist Church on Williamsburg Road to talk about a recent triple shooting.
RICHMOND (WRIC) - Monday night, dozens of concerned citizens gathered at Calvary United Methodist Church on Williamsburg Road to talk about a recent triple shooting.

On February 18, three people, including a 7-year-old boy, were shot in front of the Fine Food Mart on Government Street.  None of the victims received life-threatening injuries and the young boy is out of the hospital and returned to school last week.

People living in the area have been concerned since the shooting and met with police officers and faith leaders to talk about crime.

"People are afraid," says Pastor Susan Lynch.  "Whenever a child is hurt, it brings on a different level of fear.  For the grace of God, it could have been anyone's child sitting in that car."

Investigators are still searching for whoever pulled the trigger and are relying on the community for help.

It's an outrage what happened in front of the community store," says Richmond Police Lt. Dan Minton.

The neighborhood has had a history of violent activity and people are worried crime may be on the rise so they want to prevent any future problems now.

"We have a large population of senior citizens and we are very concerned with what goes on,"  says resident Reginald Mebane.

Police say the night of the shooting, three people were gathered in front of the store and the 7-year-old was inside of a car with his mom near the group.  Officers say two men walked up to the group of three and pulled out a gun.  As they fired the weapon, one of the men gathered in the group went to run inside the store.  Police say the shooter continued to fire the weapon and the child inside the car was hit by the stray gunfire.

"The community needs to heal," Minton says.  "We got a lot of good leads - we just need to get the right one."

If you have any information on the crime, you're asked to call CrimeStoppers at 780-1000.

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