3 teens injured in drive-by shooting in Richmond; suspects on the loose

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond police are investigating after three teens were shot during a drive-by shooting Wednesday evening.

Police say they responded to reports of someone shot in the 1800 block of Everett Street shortly after 6 p.m. Police found the first victim near the intersection of East 13th and Decatur streets.  When they arrived, they found two additional gunshot victims. Those victims were located in the 1900 block of Albany Avenue.

“There was about 10 to 12 gunshots that went off in a row. It was really loud, like ‘bang-bang-bang,'” said one woman who lives near the scene and asked to remain anonymous. “There was a whole bunch of police, crime scene tape up and stuff. They were shining flashlights on the ground. I saw them taking pictures of something.”

All three victims were juvenile males. They were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say they victims were walking when they were approached by two adult males in a small burgundy vehicle who opened fire from inside the car. The suspects fled in the vehicle and remain on the loose.

Another woman who heard the gunshots told 8News, “We could tell (the shooting) was coming from the front because we were in our dining room when we heard it.”

The woman said she is now afraid for her own children. “My kids go out here every day to school and that’s scary. It was still light outside. Wasn’t even dark yet.”

According to police, the victims said that they were walking in the 200 block of East 18th Street when a red sedan pulled up and a passenger fired shots at them. The vehicle drove from the area towards Jefferson Davis Highway.

Detectives are investigating and have very strong leads in this case. Detectives do not believe the incident was random.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the keyword “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.Stay with 8News for any updates and click here to check on crime in your neighborhood.

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