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How are Police,Community Leaders Responding to Crime in Richmond?

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -

Tuesday night's deadly shooting on Orcutt Lane marked the city's third in just 36 hours. Concerned citizens want to know: how are police and the community responding to the recent rash of violence?

Charles Willis with Citizens Against Crime has had enough of the violence.

"It's unheard of. It doesn't happen like that in bigger cities."

2014 has already been a more violent year in the city than this time last year: by June 2013, the city had 14 homicides. This year, it's 22.

Amidst the violence, Richmond Police Chief Ray Tarasovic has called for "increased pressure," meaning more police patrols. He's also been encouraging the community to call in crime tips as soon as possible. 

"Early information results in early apprehension. And that leads to early conviction," said Willis.

Police are hoping that is indeed the case in the recent homicides. 

Willis is also hoping to prevent them; in fact, he was in neighborhoods Wednesday talking with folks about conflict resolution. 

"Sometimes just walking away from an argument, or finding other ways to resolve it can lead to a better outcome."

Richmond Police are holding a walk through in the city's Southside Wednesday evening; 8News plans to ask for their perspective on the increased crime and how they plan to combat it. Stay with us on air and online for updates.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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