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Richmond man arrested after father shot dead in car with kids

Posted at 11:26 AM, Jul 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-28 11:35:00-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A 29-year-old Richmond man was arrested and charged in connection with a shooting that killed a man in his SUV with children inside. John J. James, Jr., 29, of the 600 block of East Gladstone Avenue, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to Richmond Police.

John James (PHOTO: Richmond Police)

John James (PHOTO: Richmond Police)

James, police said, was part of a group that got into a fight with Davie L. Young on July 24.  The 26-year-old Hopewell man was in Richmond's Mosby Court Friday night when the altercation took place.

"[The] investigation revealed the victim [Young] was reportedly involved in an altercation with several black males, who began shooting at him. Young took cover in his SUV, which he crashed a few blocks away," Richmond Police spokeswoman Susan Rowland said. "At approximately 7:17 p.m. on July 24, [Richmond Police] officers responded to a report of an accident near the intersection of Coalter and Redd streets. As they were responding, additional 911 calls were received about a shooting at the same location."

Shooting at the intersection of Coalter and Redd Streets in Mosby Court.

Shooting at the intersection of Coalter and Redd Streets in Mosby Court.

Young, who was shot, later died at the hospital. A woman and two children also in the SUV were not injured, police said.

"I just seen him [Young] with his kids a few times," a neighbor who asked not to be identified said. "It’s sickening — just the violence period."

The investigation into the shooting remained ongoing. Anyone with information was asked to call Major Crimes Detective Christopher Foultz at 804-646-6996 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.