RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A 16-year-old girl is dead after her adult boyfriend is suspected of shooting her and then turning the gun on himself, in what appears to be a murder-attempted suicide, according to Richmond Police.
Police said two separate shootings, that happened just one mile apart on Richmond’s southside Sunday, are connected.
In a news conference Monday, Chief Gerald Smith said the teen and man were in a relationship, calling the shootings an act of domestic violence.
At 11:17 a.m. Sunday, police found the adult male suffering from a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a vehicle at the intersection of Carnation Street and Midlothian Turnpike. Officers were called to the scene after getting reports of the car sitting at the stop light and not moving. The man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, where he remains in critical condition.
About two hours later, around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, police found a 16-year-old girl suffering from a gunshot wound inside a home at the 500 block of Labrook Drive near German School Road. This scene was just one mile from where the man was found in a vehicle. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Immediately, we suspected the cases might be related, however they [detectives] had to be sure. They did their work throughout the day, throughout the night, and this morning, they were able to definitively say the two incidents are related,” said Chief Smith during Monday’s news conference.
Detectives believe the man killed the teen and then attempted to take his own life.
Neighbors who did not want to talk to 8News on-camera said they did not know the girl well, but were shocked to hear what happened.
Chief Smith said the city is seeing an uptick in domestic violence calls this month, which he said is a typical pattern heading into the holiday season. The number of domestic violence calls in Richmond doubled this month from four to eight.
“Overall, because of COVID, we have seen a decrease in some, but we are starting to see it go back up as we are getting closer and closer to the holidays,” said Smith.
Linda Tissiere, CEO of YWCA of Richmond, spoke at the press briefing Monday. She said YWCA has seen about a 25 percent increase in requests for services compared to this time last year.
Those who need domestic violence help in the Richmond area can call the YWCA Greater Richmond Regional Hotline at 804-612-6126. Those who need help can also call the Virginia Statewide Hotline at 1-800-838-8328 or text 804-793-9999.
Anyone with information in the homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective P. Mansfield at (804) 646-6996 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.
Watch the full Richmond Police press briefing below:
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