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Richmond Police: Residents Need To Report Violent Crimes

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - The Richmond community is responding after a violent weekend in the city.

A man was shot and killed at a Main Street apartment building on Saturday and on Sunday, a 5-year-old was shot at the Whitcomb Court government housing complex. And Monday morning, two were arrested for a fight that involved a large crowd and gunfire in Shockoe Bottom.
Even though there's already 24 more violent crimes this year than this time last year in Richmond, Chief Ray Tarasovic says he's not panicking.

But neighbors at the Whitcomb Court community where a 5-year-old was hit by stray gunfire on Sunday say enough is enough.

"It just don't make no sense," one woman says. "People coming by here and shooting and things like that."

The chief was there to let the community know he plans to increase what he calls "pressure."

"There is no tolerance for violent crime. There is no bottom. This department sees no bottom," he says. "If I'm one who committed a crime in one of these communities, I'd be significantly concerned about the pressure I'm about to apply."

That pressure means increased patrols and a focus on finding suspects. The chief says residents need to step up if things are going to change.

"No one has come forward to specifically identify a suspect and be willing to back that up with testimony, and that troubles me."

The Citizens Against Crime group in Richmond agrees. The more people that come forward, the more crime will drop.

"[Tarasovic]'s right," says Charles Willis. "We do need people to come forward and folks have. We need them to come out immediately."

Police are asking anyone with information about the Whitcomb Court shooting to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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