RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC)–Richmond residents are reacting to a deadly shooting as gun violence continues to rage across the city.
Officers responded to the 2100 block of Phaup Street in the city’s Fairfield neighborhood just before 10 a.m. Sunday. They found a man who was shot multiple times and was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Shooting deaths in Richmond during the first four months of 2022 were 20% higher than in the first four months of 2021.
The city reported 22 homicides in 2022 as of May 15, which is two fewer than at the same point in 2021.
Residents of the East End told 8News they’re tired of the unrelenting gun violence.
Lena Hill has lived near in the Fairfield neighborhood since 1962 and said the area has been relatively quiet up until now.
“It was a shock to me really, because you don’t know whether it’s gunshots or whether it’s firecrackers,” she said. “Sometimes you’ll hear ‘pow, pow, pow’ and you don’t know where it’s coming from.”
Hill said sometimes she’ll see police officers patrolling the area.
“Sometimes they’ll walk around and talk to me and ask me how everything’s going, I said ‘Everything is going fine’,” she said.
So for her, it was shocking to hear about another act of deadly gun violence so close to home.
“I enjoy living here,” she said. “But before I go to bed at night I look out my window to see if there’s anything strange going on,” Hill said.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.