Female victim in Richmond double shooting not intended target, sources say

Posted at 5:16 PM, Jul 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-04 00:17:34-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A gunman is still at large in Richmond, police sources say.

They also believe a woman that was shot Thursday in Creighton Court was in the wrong place at the wrong time and not the intended target.

As police bagged evidence that afternoon, some people living in that project say they thought they were hearing pre-Fourth of July fireworks, the way the gunfire crackled.

Christopher Richards says it was enough to have him pack up his kids and hit the road.  "I gotta’ get her out of the hood, man,” Richards said.  “I don't want my kids, my daughter or my son, getting hit or killed in the crossfire."

Around 4:30 p.m. the gunshots rang out.

"Two adults- one male, one female -  were found suffering from gunshot wounds,” said Lt. Jason Hudson, the watch commander.  “Both were transported to VCU Medical Center."

"Forensics is on scene, collecting evidence around the area of the vehicle...” Hudson said.  “It’s unknown if it's involved or not."

And speaking of getting involved, police say they need the community's help.

They know that help may be hard to come by: one long-time resident told me off-camera that they live by the motto: “see something, but say nothing.”  He says it's the only way they can feel safe here.  Others say they keep their kids on lockdown.

"Sometimes it's just best to keep the kids inside,” said Richards.  “There are a lot of guns and drugs out here."

Sources say both victims have life-threatening injuries.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact Crimestoppers at 780-1000.