RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond Police are asking for the public’s help to locate a suspect in a Saturday morning double homicide on Chamberlayne Avenue.
Police are searching for 36-year-old Dennis Moore in relation to the crimes. He is said to frequent the Mosby Court area.
Moore is described as a black male, 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing approximately 175 pounds. His known aliases include “Joe” and “Black”.
He is believed to be armed and dangerous.
Detectives urge citizens to call 911 if they see him, and stress that he should not be approached.
Saturday double homicide
Officers responded to the Buttonwood Apartments in the 2900 block of Chamberlayne Avenue around 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning for reports of a man down.
Police arrived and found 40-year-old Cory J. Holmes lying in an interior hallway at the complex with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators continued to search the complex and found 39-year-old Marquetta Y. Harris inside one of the units suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Paramedics took her to VCU Medical Center where she later died from her injuries.
Police Chief Alfred Durham told CBS 6 officers also found a preschool-aged girl inside the apartment with the wounded woman. “I spoke with her but she’s not saying anything, she looks to be about two to three years old,” Durham said.
The girl was not hurt.
“Unfortunately it’s a rough start to the year,” said Durham. “This is the homicide number 10 (11 after the female victim died in the hospital) compared to two (this time) last year. So we have some issues, some concerns but we’re optimistic it will slow down.”
Richmond police said the investigation is in the early stages and they don’t know the cause or the motive of the shootings.
Detectives are following strong leads in the case and ask anyone with information is asked to either call Major Crime Detective Conrad Simms at (804) 646-0712 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.