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‘I’m too young to die;’ Richmond girl scared by shooting suspect on front porch

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Posted at 12:35 PM, Apr 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-25 13:45:43-04

RICHMOND, Va., — The Scott family woke up to their 6-year-old daughter yelling while running down the stairs early Tuesday morning.

"Harper came running down the stairs saying she heard gunshots," Sarah Scott said on the front porch of her Byrd Park home. "She kept saying, 'I was too young to die.'"

Harper described hearing five or six gunshots around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

"How do you know what gunshots sound like?" Scott asked her daughter.

"They were just really loud," Harper answered.

Richmond Police confirmed a juvenile shooting victim walked into VCU Medical Center before 4 a.m. with two gunshot wounds to his back. His wounds were considered life-threatening.

Police believe he was shot near Grayland and Idlewood Avenue

Officers believe the incident occurred around 1:40 a.m. in the area of South Sheppard and Idlewood Avenues.

Scott said moments after the gunshots she found a young man sitting on her front porch. Officers would later tell her he was the friend of the shooting victim who showed up at the hospital.

"He wanted to blend in like he lived here so officers would leave him alone," Scott said. "I believe he had the gun sitting under him and when the cops pulled up he just sat here and he didn’t try to run. They just arrested him."

A neighbor's security cameras captured the friend running and attempting to break into the Scott home to hide from police.

Moments after the gunshots she found a young man sitting on her front porch.

"He was running around the corner, he wiped out and slid across the ground," she described. "His hat came off and his gun slid across the ground. He was in the backyard trying to come in the backdoor, but it was locked and so he came around the front but the door was locked also."

Officers later arrested the suspect in the front yard.

"He kept saying he was 18 and that he didn’t know where he was and to call his mom," Scott remembered.

Police are still in the early stages of this investigation. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about this man's identity to call Major Crimes Detective H. Brown at (804) 646-1109 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word "ITip" followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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