RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — An 11-year-old injured in Sunday’s deadly shooting at Carter Jones Park is speaking out.
Jacquez Moses was playing tag with his friends at a community cookout before a stray bullet hit him.
“I didn’t deserve to get shot,” Moses said.
His father, Raquan Moses, was at work at the time of the shooting.
“I took off like lightning and almost got hit by a car,” he said. “I had to get there to see my boy.”
Nine-year-old Markiya Dickson was killed in the park by a stray bullet.
The 11-year-old boy is thankful to be alive but his father says children playing at the park shouldn’t have to worry about being shot.
“I heard banging noises but I thought it was firecrackers so that’s why I didn’t pay attention but then I saw blood coming out of my arm,” Moses said.
A bullet stuck Moses in the arm.
Moses’ father says that doctors told him if the bullet was two more inches to the left, the boy could have died.
Community members gathered Tuesday at New Life Deliverance Tabernacle to stand up against gun violence. The message from the community, especially parents who attended Tuesday night’s gathering is simple, put the guns down.
The community say they want to find ways to make the streets safer, especially for kids like Moses.
“Deep down inside I was kind of sad because I wasn’t there to protect him,” Raquan Moses said. “So now it makes me more, I guess, overprotective, because I’m always going to have an eye on my boy.”
He encourages parents to do the same.
“The same thing can happen to your kids, or even you,” Moses said. “So protect yourself, protect your family.”
Major Crimes detectives are continuing to investigate. Detectives believe many people were in the park at the time of the shooting and ask that they provide information to detectives about this incident.
Anyone with photos, video, or information about this homicide is asked to email Major Crimes Detective Benjamin Neifeld at Benjamin.Neifeld@richmondgov.com or (804) 646-3246 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.