RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police told 8News a 3-year-old was a victim of random gunfire in the city’s Hillside Court development late Saturday afternoon. Residents in the area said a party was going on at the time.
Community activist Charles Willis provided 8News with a photo of the toddler and identified him as ‘Sharmar Jr.’
Officers were called to the 1700 block of Southlawn Avenue around 4:15 p.m. following reports of a shooting. The child was taken to the hospital where he later died.
Pastor Robert Winfree of New Life Deliverance Tabernacle, said he was in close contact with the family as the events unfolded through the afternoon.
“They are distraught,” Winfree said. “We try to comfort them. But, that’s all we can do.”
Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority CEO Damon E. Duncan released a statement following the toddler’s death. The agency manages the public housing property where the shooting took place.
As you can imagine, we are devastated by this news. Our deepest condolences go out to the family of the young victim. Our Director of Public Safety is currently working with local law enforcement to determine the events that led to this tragedy and responsible parties. Again, heartfelt sympathies to the family affected by this unimaginable tragedy.”Damon E. Duncan, RRHA CEO
Police said detectives interviewed people in the Hillwood neighborhood and they are working this death investigation.
Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Major Crimes Detective J. Fultz at (804) 646-3929 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.
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