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3 people shot near 17th Street Farmers’ Market

Posted at 8:26 AM, Jun 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-18 17:09:51-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Police are investigating a triple shooting that occurred in Shockoe Bottom near the 17th Street Farmers' Market early Sunday morning.

Police were called to the intersection of North 17th and East Grace Streets for a report of two persons down just before 3 a.m. Officers found one woman suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg  and later found a man with a gunshot wound nearby.

The two were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

While units were still on scene, police received another call for a  person shot. That victim was transported in a personal vehicle to a local hospital with what are considered life-threatening injuries.

Kimberly Winn lives right across the street and says she heard the gunshots.

"It was between 5 to 7 gunshots and it was very consecutive. And it was very loud,” she said. "The club scene had already let out---it's usually really rambunctious at that time. But it was quiet--and it was settling down. And then it was very loud. Very awakening, very alarming."

Winn says she was terrified.

"It sounded like it was right outside my window."

Police have not yet released information about the connection between the shooting victims, nor a description of any possible suspects.

WIlliam Renfrow works and lives nearby. He also heard the gunshots. When he woke up Sunday morning, he was shocked to find his car was damaged.

"Dent on my car, blood all over it, my side mirror was ripped off."

Some residents say the area can get dangerous overnight when certain clubs and nearby spots let out.

"That's intolerable. Have to do something about that,” said Winn.

Winn says it's up to community members to step up to stop the violence.

“This is ridiculous. I understand a lot of these people aren't from this neighborhood. But they come to the neighborhood and they need to respect that this is a very quiet area. Police can't do it all. We need to be more proactive and more engaged in our community,” she said.

The incident is still under investigation and additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

Police are strongly encouraging anyone with any information to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at (804) 780-1000.

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