Richmond police ID victim in first deadly shooting of 2020, person charged

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond police have identified a woman who lost her life on New Year’s Eve after being shot.

Officers and detectives responded to investigate a shooting on North Avenue a few blocks from Battery Park just after midnight.

Authorities said 28-year-old La-tiyah S. Hood was the victim of a shooting and was transported to the hospital in a private car. Hood died in the hospital as a result of a gunshot wound.

Police arrested 25-year-old Mateen B. Johnson of Henrico and charged him with involuntary manslaughter.

“I started calling 911 at 12 a.m. because that’s when we started hearing gunfire,” Ian Sharpe, a man who lives nearby, told 8News. “The reason why I called is because we saw the loud flash of the muzzle of the barrel going in the air so we knew somebody was going to get hurt.”

Sharpe said he had some trouble getting through to 911 dispatchers because the line was busy.

“We tried 15, 20 minutes,” he said. “By the time we actually got patched through to 911, we came out the back door of the apartment and somebody was actually screaming, ‘he got shot, he got shot!'”

The Medical Examiner’s Office will determine a manner and cause of death.

If you have any information, call Major Crimes Detective P. Mansfield at (804) 646-6996 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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