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Toddler killed in Richmond neighborhood: ‘Unimaginable tragedy’

Posted at 6:15 PM, Feb 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-01 23:10:13-05

RICHMOND, Va. – Police are investigating after a toddler was fatally shot at an apartment complex on Richmond’s Southside Saturday afternoon.

Police were called to the 1700 block of Southlawn Avenue in the Hillside Court neighborhood for a shooting report just before 4:10 p.m.

When officers arrived, they found a three-year-old boy suffering from a gunshot wound, according to police.

The child was transported to VCU Medical Center where he died of his injuries, police said.

Official said the Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of the boy's death.

"Detectives with the Major Crimes unit and forensics investigators responded. Detectives interviewed people who were in the area of Southlawn Avenue, a busy street in the Hillside neighborhood, and are working this death investigation," Richmond Police Department Public Information Officer James Mercante said.

No suspect information nor additional details were available at last check.

Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) CEO Damon E. Duncan issued the following statement after the shooting:

"As you can imagine, we are devastated by this news," Duncan said. "Our deepest condolences go out to the family of the young victim. Our Director of Public Safety is currently working with local law enforcement to determine the events that led to this tragedy and responsible parties. Again, heartfelt sympathies to the family affected by this unimaginable tragedy."

If you have information that could help detectives, call Major Crimes Detective J. Fultz at 804-646-3929, Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 or submit a tip online at http://www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smart phones may also be used. All three Crime Stoppers methods of contact are anonymous.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can submit a news tip here. Depend on WTVR.com and CBS 6 News for updates.