RPD probes shootings into vehicle, home near Lee Circle


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police said Friday that the department is investigating several shootings into a vehicle and home late Thursday night.

RPD said in a release that a victim approached officers at Allen Avenue and Broad Street and stated someone had fired shots into their vehicle near Lee Circle following a fight.

Meanwhile, officers received several calls for random gunfire in the 1600 block of Monument Avenue. One caller told arriving officers that bullets shattered the glass door at their residence.

Police said that officers canvassed the area near the Circle and recovered a rifle and magazines.

“Gunfire and violent behavior is not peaceful, nonviolent protest; it is criminal, unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our city,” said Richmond Police Chief Gerald M. Smith. “The City of Richmond will take all necessary steps to protect residents and visitors and preserve peace and public safety in our communities.”    

Awaken by the sound of gunfire Thursday night, one Monument Avenue resident who wanted to remain anonymous for his safety says shots fired incidents have happened before. He’s previously found bullets on the ground.

“You just don’t know what you are going to find the next morning,” he told 8News reporter Ben Dennis.

Another woman, who also requested anonymity, says she was moving out of her apartment at the time and didn’t hear any shots but is surprised the incident happened.

“Especially since there seems to be like security around the circle at all times,” she mentioned.

Mayor Levar Stoney took to Twitter about the incident, saying in part, that everyone deserves to feel safe in their own homes. He called what happened Thursday night ‘unacceptable’ and declared that the authorities will prosecute anyone who disrespects the city with violence.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.


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