Violent night: 6 shot overnight in Richmond

Posted at 7:52 PM, Aug 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-19 11:04:23-04

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) - Richmond police said six people were shot at four separate incidents Saturday night into Sunday morning.  Two of the shootings are being investigated as homicides.

Police do not believe the shootings are connected.

7:30 p.m. Saturday - Police said a man was driving a moped down East Hill Street, which is just north of the Jackson Ward neighborhood, when someone driving by shot the victim in the leg.

The victim told police he was not able to identify the vehicle or the people in it.  The man's injuries were non-life threatening.

9:30 p.m. Saturday - An officer heard gunfire in the city's east end near the intersection of Littlepage Street and Byran Street.  When the officer responded, he found three adult male victims suffering from gunshot wounds.

None of the injuries appear life threatening.

Detectives said the early investigation indicates two groups of people fired at each other.  Police said the incident does not appear to be random or related to other shootings in the city.

10:30 p.m. Saturday - Richmond Police were called to the 1400 block of East Brookland Park Boulevard for a shooting.  When officers arrived, they found an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

The victim later died at VCU Medical Center, according to police.

Detectives continue to investigate the incident and continue to canvass the neighborhood around the area find out if anyone heard or saw something that could aid in their investigation.

12:16 a.m. Sunday - A man was shot and killed on the 1700 block of Clarkson Road, according to police.  Sources said the shooting occurred after what appears to be an attempted home invasion or robbery.

Sources said it appears a struggle between the victim and the intruder resulted in the shooting.

Police are asking anyone with any information on these shootings to call Metro-Richmond Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

"This was a terrible weekend night for our community," said Rev. Shady Clark Jr., who has been the pastor at Eastminister Presbyterian Church in the east end for 37 years.

Clark's church sits only a half block away from the triple shooting at the intersection of Littlepage Street and Bryan Street on Saturday.

"One of the things that saddens me the most is that there is another person out there without hope; who does not value human life," said Rev. Clark when asked about the violence in Richmond over the weekend.

Clark thinks the recent spike in violence is alarming for a community he sees rising out of it's past, but the reverend does not believe Richmond is regressing towards the violence of the 1990's.

"This is a great community," said Clark.  "We are not the community we once were."

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