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3 people shot in Richmond neighborhood

Posted at 5:09 AM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 18:21:30-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Two teens and an adult were involved in an early morning shooting that police said happened in the 1900 block of Accommodation Street in Richmond.

At approximately 1:21 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a report of random gunfire.

A teenage boy and girl were found shot, and suffering from life-threatening injuries, police said.

An adult woman was also found with an apparent gunshot wound. Her wound was not considered life-threatening. During an afternoon press conference, officials indicated that the adult was taking out her trash when she was struck in the crossfire.

All gunshot victims were transported to VCU Medical Center.

Neighbors in Mosby Court reported hearing anywhere from 15 to 20 gunshots. One bullet hit the front door of an apartment with a mother and her children sleeping inside.

Desean Hopson said the wounded male juvenile is his cousin, and the female a good friend of his.

“I was hurt,” Hopson said. “It`s family, so I’m going to feel some type of way.”

He said he woke up and found out the terrible news through Facebook.

He identified the teens, but CBS 6 is withholding their names until police confirm the identities.

“I was just shocked like, how did it all happen,” Hopson said.

Hopson said he is puzzled why this tragedy happened to them.

“We all grew up together,” he said.

Police would not specify if the teens lived in the housing complex.

Lt. Mike Alston, Sector 113, questioned why the juveniles were out so late at night. He also expressed frustration that few in the neighborhood showed up at a recent police outreach event.

He said that only six residents showed up, and remarked; "that's not a team effort."

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

This is a developing story. Witnesses can send news tips and photos here.