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Woman shot through car windshield at Southside apartment complex

Posted at 6:08 PM, Aug 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-18 23:56:41-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Police are looking for the man who pulled the trigger, shooting a woman through her car windshield Tuesday evening.

And because of help from the community, they believed they are getting close.

"That junk is crazy, man,” said one man standing nearby. “People out here crazy.  When is the violence going to stop?"

Police said the woman was sitting inside her car at this Midlothian Village apartment complex when she was shot in the gut through her windshield.

Shaniqua Stephens and her son Darnell.

Shaniqua Stephens and her son Darnell.

"I’ve been through this all my life, so all we do is stay in the house, keep watch over him and wait ‘til it's over," said Shaniqua Stephens, who is the mother of a little boy.

She shares the same mentality of so many single moms that live in this south side complex:  "Everyday thing for me,” Stevens added.  “So it really don’t bother me."

Police said the shooting happened before 6 p.m. Tuesday night, as people watched from stairwells and sidewalks and detectives and rescue workers arrived on scene.

Little Darnell Stephens was just one pair out of a lot of young eyes looking on.  "He just sits with me until it's over," said Stephens.

The parking lot was roped off for the better part of an hour. But this time, police said, the community came through in a big way to help identify the man who pulled the trigger.

So while detectives work towards an arrest, moms like Stephens say it's a reminder of the sadness that surrounds them. "It gets on my nerves because we hear it all the time,” Stevens said.  “You know, you just want it to go away."

One man, who was working on a car outside the apartment gates, said he heard the shots and crawled under the car.