RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The fifth day of protests in the City of Richmond were mostly peaceful, the Richmond Police Department said on Facebook. However, an incident following the protest ended with multiple people being arrested.
Richmond Police received reports of random gunfire in various areas a few blocks from the peaceful demonstrators, RPD said in a Facebook post.
Officers responded and stopped multiple vehicles and were involved in a foot pursuit.
The incident resulted in seven arrests and multiple seizures. Police seized five handguns, two sets of ballistic body armor, two gas masks, along with accelerants and bottles.
Only two of the people arrested have Richmond addresses.
“Peaceful demonstrators continue to be infiltrated by those with destructive and/or potentially violent intent – many of whom are not from Richmond,” RPD said.
Officers said they found several vehicles struck by gunfire on the 500 block of West Grace Street.