SWAT responds to Richmond apartments after juvenile hurt in shooting


Authorities establish perimeter around "apartment of interest" with guns drawn

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A juvenile who was shot in Richmond was taken to the hospital Friday afternoon and is expected to survive, police said. Following the shooting, authorities established a perimeter around one apartment in the Forestbrooke Apartments with their guns drawn.

The Richmond Police Department SWAT Team was later called to the area to assist with clearing a nearby “apartment of interest” after a perimeter was established and two males voluntarily walked out.

At the scene, 8News witnessed officers with their guns drawn.

“This is Richmond Police, come out with your hands up!” officers yelled.

The shooting took place in the 5600 block of Petoskey Avenue around 3:30 p.m. According to Richmond police, the SWAT Team reported to the Warwick Village Drive “out of an abundance of caution.”

“When I first heard it, I thought it was just loud firecrackers being popped in front of my house until the police came and knocked on the door and said we had to evacuate immediately,” said Adasyha Spain, a resident of Forestbrooke Apartments.

Spain and many others were escorted out of their nearby apartments units as SWAT teams swarmed in. Police even utilized a drone to get a better look at the active scene.

“When I came out and see that they had brought one suspect out, I just thought that it was crazy because stuff like that doesn’t usually happen around here,” Spain said.

Two men voluntarily walked out of the apartment. Police did not say if the two men who walked out were involved in the shooting or not.

Police said they found no one inside the home.

The juvenile who was shot is recovering at a local hospital, police told 8News. An investigation is ongoing.

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