RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The future is looking grim for a dog that was shot alongside its owner inside a Richmond home over the weekend.
The Richmond Police Department responded to the 2400 block of Richdale Road just before 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 for a report of a person down. Upon arrival, officers found two adults who were pronounced dead due to an apparent murder-suicide at the scene. The Richmond Police Department confirmed the mother, Kathy Brashier, 68, to be the victim, and her son, Lee Blair, 49, to be the shooter. Police say Blair also shot a dog inside the home.
Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) announced Monday, Jan. 16 that the shepherd named Luca is now being treated for serious injuries caused by the shooting.
The victims were reportedly not discovered until more than 20 hours after the shooting, RACC said in a Facebook post.
“It’s a miracle that he survived; we need another miracle to save him,” RACC said in the post. “🙏 Diagnostics show bullet fragments around his head and neck but we can’t determine how much of the spine is affected without further imaging (scheduling today).”
The Richmond Police Department said officers are not looking for any suspects in the shooting at this time. Anyone with information about this death investigation is asked to contact Detective B. Neifeld at 804-646-3246.
“His prognosis is guarded at best, but we can’t give up until we’ve tried everything we can to help him,” RACC said of Luca Monday.
Shortly after 7:15 p.m. on Monday, RACC released a video on Facebook showing that Luca was up and walking.