Neighbors fear for their safety after deadly shootings in South Richmond

Posted at 6:27 PM, Nov 03, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Police have identified the man found dead in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Westover Village Drive.

At approximately 6:46 p.m., officers were called to the 5700 block of Westover Village Drive for the report of a person down.

Brandon Law, 22, of the 5700 block of Westover Village Drive was pronounced dead on the scene after officers found him unresponsive with an apparent gunshot wound.

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

This shooting comes just weeks after 24-year-old Rolando Williams Jr., was killed on Melmark Court -- not far from where Friday's shooting took place. Family and friends held a vigil for Williams on October 28, at the Aden Park Apartments.

Several people in the Aden Park Apartments said they no longer feel safe following these shootings.

For two 20-year-olds, Courtney Calloway and Ryan Curtis, who moved to Richmond in August from King George, the Aden Park Apartments provided both an opportunity to experience city life and close proximity to work.

"Moved here in August so we don't really know the city that well. We just came here to live near the city and have things to do," said Calloway.

"We were like, 'Oh yeah this is perfect!' -- we saw people with kids," Curtis added.

Now, just four months later, the roommates are looking for any way out.

"I don't want to live here anymore. I would like to break my lease," said Calloway. "It's just bad thing after another."

Calloway said she witnessed the aftermath of Friday's shooting as she was driving home from work Friday.

"Low and behold, we saw a dead body in the spot where I usually park my car, and I had just come to find out there was a shooting here."

That's not the only reason Calloway and Curtis want to leave. Over the last few weeks, they each have stumbled upon something else. Dead cats.

Calloway said she found two of them on Halloween.

"I went over to it and I realized it was dead. I mean but there were no marks on it -- nothing. It just looked like it was sleeping," Calloway said.

"A week earlier when I was taking out the trash there was actually one in the dumpster," said Curtis.

Regardless of whether that has anything to do with recent violence in their neighborhood, Calloway and Curtis said they've seen enough.

"Yeah when you're on number three and dead cats and everything else -- then there's something going on bigger than one instance," said Curtis.

They said they hope to be able to move to a new apartment complex soon -- on another side of town.

"It might be worth making an extra 10-minute drive to be safe," said Calloway.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective J. Higgins at (804) 646-7570 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.



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