Detectives watch surveillance footage in senior home homicide

Posted at 1:42 PM, Jul 22, 2013

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) - Richmond police detectives continue to look into leads following a Sunday morning homicide inside a senior citizens apartment building.

Police said a potential robbery attempt on the 10th floor of the William Byrd Apartment building on West Broad Street turned violent.  A 40-year old man was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound when police arrived, according to officials.

The William Byrd Apartments provide affordable housing to people over the age of 55 who might not have the money to pay for a traditional retirement facility, according to the company's website.

"What was the reason?  They're senior people.  They don't have a lot of money," Richmonder Iolene Ware when asked about the robbery attempt.  Ware said she has considered moving into the William Byrd apartments when she turns 55-years old.

Police and property managers confirmed that the suspects in this case were known by at least one resident at William Byrd.  According to other residents, the victim did not live on site but visited often.

Property owners said entry into the apartment portion of the building requires either a punch code or a buzz up from a resident at the door leading upstairs.

However, some tenants wonder whether security inside the complex needs some work.  Two resident told CBS 6 reporter Jake Burns that the bottom door attached to the punch code system does not always shut properly.

"When you move into a building like that, or any building, you should feel secure," said Darryl Banner, whose friend lives at William Byrd.

Surveillance cameras captured clear images of two people entering the building moments prior to the homicide, according to property managers.  Police officials said detectives are currently reviewing the video.

No suspect information has been released at this time.

Police said detectives are currently following up on leads in this case.  If you have any information that could aid police in their investigation, call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.