Death investigation underway after Richmond child fatally shot Tuesday evening


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond Police Department said they are conducting a death investigation after a child was fatally shot on Tuesday evening.

At about 5:08 p.m. Tuesday, police said they responded to Luray Apartments in the 3700 block of Angela Drive for a report of a person shot. When officers arrived, they found a boy less than 13-years-old suffering from a gunshot wound.

The boy was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Later Tuesday evening, cars full of people were at the scene mourning the little boy.

Residents at the Luray Apartments are devastated following the loss of one of their own. Neighbors told 8news, the young child nicknamed “Tootie,” was a good kid. According to neighbors, he was happy, always smiling and loved to play basketball.

Child’s neighbor, Latarsha Carroll

Latarsha Carroll lives at the Luray Apartments and came home to find out that he was gone.

“For me to pull up yesterday, knowing that he was gone, it was real heartbreaking. I had bonded with him,” said Carroll.

According to Carroll, the boy would come over and hang out with her son.

“He would stay over my house. It was just like he was my baby too,” said Carroll.

RPD said detectives are not seeking any suspects at this time, and the Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective G. Bailey at 804-646-6743 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used.

This is a breaking news story, stay with 8News as we work to learn more.

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