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‘Stop the violence,’ says neighbors after 17-year-old shot in chest on Northside

Posted at 10:40 PM, Dec 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-28 23:20:07-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Police are hoping the community can help piece together what exactly what happened at 4:45 p.m. Monday as shots rang out in the city's Northside.

“Units arrived to find a black male who had been shot and transported to VCU Medical Center,” Lt. Robert Marland said.

Police sources tell CBS 6 the 17-year-old was shot once in the chest. The teenager is in serious but stable condition at VCU Medical Center.

Detectives canvassed the scene looking for clues, hoping someone in the 500 block of Northside Avenue may have heard or seen something.

"This place has had its ups and downs,” said Sheila Green, who lives nearby.  “As I walked up, seeing the tape and police activity and hearing about someone’s child, I thought, ‘I’ve been through it before.’  It's devastating."

Green's daughter was murdered March 13 of 2012.

Monday, it was her two teenage sons she was worried about, until one called to say they were both OK.

"No matter how many years, you always worry. It's still there," Green said.

As 2015 comes to a close, people living on the Northside said they hope 2016 is a year of peace. They said the flashing blue lights and crime tape, along with all the emotions that come with them, are hard on the heart.

Green is urging whoever pulled the trigger to turn himself in and to stop the vicious cycle of violence.

"The ‘804’ needs to stop the violence and put down their guns.  No parent should have to go through something like this," said Green.

One neighbor believes the injured teen goes to John Marshall High School.

There is no information on the suspect at this time.

Police ask anyone with information about this shooting to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.