Weekly shooting death total rises to 6 in Richmond, Mayor Stoney releases statement

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Since Easter Sunday, six people have been shot and killed in the City of Richmond. Almost all of the victims have been teens and young adults, including local high school and university students.

On Friday afternoon Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney released a statement addressing the gun violence.

“This week we lost six Richmonders to gun violence. We lost six people who will be mourned. Six neighbors who will be missed. Six loved ones who cannot be replaced.

The Richmond Police Department is diligently investigating these tragedies. We will do whatever we can to bring the perpetrators to justice, in honor of these Richmonders and for the safety of our city.

This week is a somber and heartbreaking reminder of the devastation gun violence creates in our community. It’s a crisis we must confront head on, boldly addressing root cases, so that every Richmonder can live their life to the fullest, regardless of where in our city they may live.”

Atleast 10 shootings happened in the the last week. Friday around noon, a man was found shot on Gordon Avenue. He’s now being treated at the hospital. This morning, just before 3a.m., RPD officers were called to First and Charity Street. A man was shot and killed outside of a convenience store on East Baker Street.

A convenience store employee told 8News, the man had been inside playing the slot machine. He says, the man left, then 30 minutes later he heard eight or nine gunshots.

Sunday evening, RPD responded to Gilmer Street. A 17-year-old juvenile was found dead.

The next night, another shooting happened on Gilmer Street. This time gunfire claimed the life of VCU student 20-year-old Cody Woodson. According to VCU police, he was approached. Woodson’s girlfriend says, he was taking out the trash.

Logan Claeys lives down the street from where the shootings happened.

“It freaks me out now because it’s happening in people’s homes or just at the stores. I feel like I have to always worry like even in the places I used to feel safe at like even in the neighborhood,” said Claeys.

On Tuesday, random shots were fired on Wickham Street. 21-year-old Ashley Wilbert was found dead. The next morning, officers were called to the 500 block of Montvale Avenue. Varina High School student 18-year-old Vinshaun Johnson was found dead in the roadway. Another teenage boy was injured.

Thursday afternoon, a 15-year-old was killed on Lynnhaven and Afton Avenue.

The Richmond Police Department has not made arrests in connection to any of the six shootings. RPD Chief Gerald Smith told 8News, the department has strong leads in some of the investigations.

In addition to the deadly shootings, a number of other people have been shot and suffered non-life threatening injuries this week.

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