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SWAT responds to Richmond neighborhood; police investigate double shooting

Posted at 3:55 PM, Jul 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-11 23:32:10-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Police are investigating a double shooting that evacuated an apartment building in Richmond Wednesday afternoon, according to Richmond Police.

Richmond Police spokesman James Mercante said two men were shot in Richmond's Mosby Court community around 3:25 p.m.

Mercante said those victims "self transported" to an area hospital. One has life-threatening injuries. The other has injuries that are not life-threatening.

Officers responded to the 1300 block of Coalter Street and "needed to clear out the area where they thought the shooting occurred," Mercante said.

"Out of an abundance of caution, they brought in additional units to clear the area safely," Mercante said when asked about the SWAT Team's response.

As a result, those additional officers began moving people out of the apartment building where officers believed the suspect might be in inside.

However, after a search of the units, the all-clear was given just after 4:30 p.m. and those residents were allowed to return to their homes.

Nakia Spragley, a resident of the Oliver Crossing Apartments, said her cousin was one of the shooting victims. He underwent surgery at VCU Medical Center Wednesday afternoon, according to his family.

Spragley's children were home at the time of the shooting.

"They came out as they started shooting, but my other daughter pulled them back in," she recalled. "All of these kids were out here and could’ve gotten hit. Grown people want to be stupid shooting."

Mercante said police are still early in their investigation and do not yet have a suspect description.

Officers respond to the 1300 Coalter Street.

Officers respond to the 1300 Coalter Street.

Mercante urged anyone with information about the shooting to contact police.

“Hopefully a picture will develop,” Mercante said.

Officials said detectives are expected to remain on the scene for several hours as they look for clues.

Crime Insider sources tell CBS 6's Jon Burkett a man was detained and questioned about the shooting. It's unclear if that person was charged.

Anyone with any information that could help police is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 or submit a tip online. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smart phones may also be used. All three Crime Stoppers methods of contact are anonymous.

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