Richmond Police Chief discusses gun violence: 13 arrests announced Friday

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond Police Department (RPD) held a press conference Friday afternoon in regards to gun violence in the city this year.

Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith said four people have been charged for three homicides this year.

“These arrests and charges are excellent examples of the dedication of our Major Crimes detectives,” said Chief Gerald M. Smith. “These cases resulted in these charges thanks to information from the community and the focused commitment from the detective team.”

Only one person has been arrested from the recent string of shootings that left eight people dead in April.

Among them include the two deadly shootings in Gilmer Street involving a 17-year-old and 20-year-old VCU student, but police say “there’s a theory” they may be connected.

Overall, eight people died from gun violence in April. Smith says homicide rates are on par with 2020.

“Our homicide rate is flat as of today. 16 versus 16 of last year,” Smith said. “I don’t think we would consider that a victory or a trend that we want. We want it going in the other way.”

RPD announced homicide arrests in connection the following incidents:

  • Laquisha Graves, 21, of Richmond, was arrested and charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle for the incident in the 700 block of Hull Street on March 31.
  • Harvey Williams, 22, of Richmond, was arrested and charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for the shooting in the 1800 block of Hull Street in January.
  • Curtis Brockington, 41, of Richmond, was arrested and charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony by a convicted felon for the shooting in the 2000 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike on March 14.
  • Joseph Hunt, 41, of Henrico, has been arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in the 1100 block of North 25th Street on March 24. Additional charges pending
  • Malik Nelson, 22, of Richmond, has been arrested and charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for the shooing in the 2200 block of Afton Avenue on March 26.
  • Jose Pacheco, 31, of Richmond, has been arrested and charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for the shooting in the 2800 block of Hathaway Road on April 11.
  • James Wright, 68, of Richmond, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for the shooting in the 2200 block of Chalfont Drive on April 12.

The following suspects were arrested and charged for non-fatal incidents:

  • Laquisha Graves, 21, of Richmond, was arrested and charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle for the incident in the 700 block of Hull Street on March 31.
  • Harvey Williams, 22, of Richmond, was arrested and charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for the shooting in the 1800 block of Hull Street in January.
  • Curtis Brockington, 41, of Richmond, was arrested and charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony by a convicted felon for the shooting in the 2000 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike on March 14.
  • Joseph Hunt, 41, of Henrico, has been arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in the 1100 block of North 25th Street on March 24. Additional charges pending.
  • Malik Nelson, 22, of Richmond, has been arrested and charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for the shooing in the 2200 block of Afton Avenue on March 26.
  • James Austin, Jr., 22, of Richmond, has been arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for the double shooting in the 1600 block of Pollock Street on April 8. (Arrested by Virginia State Police in Smyth County)
  • Jamara Claiborne, 23, of Henrico, has been arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for the double shooting in the 1600 block of Pollock Street on April 8. (Arrested by Virginia State Police in Smyth County)
  • Jose Pacheco, 31, of Richmond, has been arrested and charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for the shooting in the 2800 block of Hathaway Road on April 11.
  • James Wright, 68, of Richmond, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for the shooting in the 2200 block of Chalfont Drive on April 12.

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