RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in connection to the shooting and murder of a 23-year-old in Shockoe Bottom last month.
At approximately 2:10 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, officers were called to the 1500 block of East Main Street for reports of a person down.
Upon their arrival, officers reportedly found 23-year-old Xavier Brown of Richmond down and unresponsive in a parking lot. Brown had incurred a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
On Tuesday, Richmond Police Department elected to release the surveillance photo and video of a suspect they believe to be connected to the shooting. Police also say that the family of Xavier Brown is offering a reward of $3,500 for information that leads to the identification and conviction of the suspect.
Richmond Police Assistant Director for Public Affairs James Mercante told 8News the surveillance video was taken near the parking lot where Brown was killed. We “strongly believe” this is the suspected killer, Mercante said.
The surveillance camera footage was recorded near Havana 59 and the Irish Pub next to Main St Station, according to police.
Anyone with information about this homicide investigation is asked to call Major Crimes Detective M. Gouldman at 804-646-3915 or contact Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.
Ben Dennis contributed to this report.