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Richmond Police investigate Scott’s Addition stabbing

Posted at 5:04 AM, Jul 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-25 12:47:46-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Police officers are investigating a stabbing reported in Richmond's Scott's Addition neighborhood.

Officers initially responded to the 1700 block of Summit Avenue, near Norfolk Street, just after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday for reports of a shooting. When officers arrived, they found a person with stab wounds.

The victim was taken to the hospital with injuries that were deemed non-life threatening.

No information has been released about a suspect, nor the circumstances that led to the crime.

Leon Lewis, a Digital Marketing Manager at Health Warrior, works just steps away from where police said the stabbing victim was found.

“It’s definitely scary," Lewis said. "I got a text from a coworker first thing this morning and I was like 'what in the world?' It’s just something else.”

Lewis said he was not surprised by the violence. She said he believed it may be symptomatic of deeper problems in the area.

“There’s just underlying issues that haven’t been solved, even if there’s a lot of fresh layers of paint on the buildings," Lewis said.

He said he's watched this part of the city grow, but doesn't think the police presence has grown with it.

“The amount of people out drinking and wandering around is just kind of a recipe for disaster in my opinion," he said.

Rick Rickman, who also works in the neighborhood, said the recent crime does not have him too worried.

"Still have in general a really good feeling about the area," Rickman said.

He said he doesn't necessarily believe recent violence in the area was symptomatic of an underlying issue.

“Wherever you have a lot of people you’re going to have more crime," he concluded.

But as more and more people flock to the Scott's Addition, both Rickman and Lewis said a larger police presence may be necessary.

“The cops should maybe pay more -- just paying a little more attention to what’s actually going on here," said Lewis.

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