RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond Police Department said one man is dead after a Thursday morning shooting on 3rd Avenue.
Police responded to a report of a person shot just after 11 a.m. on Dec. 2. When police arrived they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Paul Speed witnessed the event and said it’s 30 seconds he will never forget.
“I just keep picturing it. Over in your head — you can’t believe that you actually see something like that,” Speed said.
The construction worker said the incident took place while he was working on a house. He went outside to his truck to get some tools when he heard a gunshot. Speed was standing by his vehicle when “next thing I know a bullet comes flying by my head.” He said the bullet was less than an inch away from possibly killing him.
“It just brushed by my ear. I mean, it was that close,” Speed said.
He added he saw two men, likely in their 20s, get out of a car about four houses down. “The victim got out of the car and started running toward me,” Speed said. “The other guy got out, was running, shooting.”
It was while he was running the unidentified victim was hit with a fatal shot, according to Speed.
“At that point, the victim fell,” he said. “It wasn’t pretty.”
Shortly after, Speed said the suspect took off.
“The neighbor across the street yelled at him, saying she can’t believe this is going on in broad daylight,” he said.
Richmond Police are still investigating this incident and have released very few details. The department said the Medical Examiner will determine the victim’s cause and manner of death.
A car possibly involved in the shooting was towed from the crime scene.
“This neighborhood’s been a wonderful neighborhood the three years that we’ve been working,” Speed said, still in shock. “I’ve never known anything like this to happen here. I’ve seen some accidents in my life but someone actually doing that without any regard, it’s like, the poor kid that got shot. His life’s over with. I can’t imagine the family. It’s just like that, you lose somebody.”
Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective P. Mansfield at 804-646-6996, contact Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000, or through the P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app.
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