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Teenage mother injured in Richmond shooting; incident is 8th shooting in city in less than a week

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Posted at 5:56 PM, Aug 30, 2023

RICHMOND, Va. – A teenage girl was injured in a shooting on Richmond’s Southside Wednesday afternoon, police say.

Richmond Police were called to the 5700 block of Sweetwood Drive just before 3:30 p.m., where a 17-year-old mother was shot in a domestic incident.

The teen was taken to an area hospital, but there has been word on the severity of her injuries.

This is the 8th shooting in Richmond in less than a week.

"We've never had anything like this happen around here," nearby resident Adrian Hill said. Hill has lived on the Southside of Richmond for nearly 30 years. He says crime tape and a cluster of police cruisers are far from the norm.

"Somebody called me and asked me what was going on because there were a lot of police around the corner, but I didn't know what happened because I was trying to get stuff done around the house," Hill said.

One man told Burkett that he was cutting grass and heard a gunshot over his lawn mower engine, which startled him.

When police arrived at the scene, they found the 17-year-old with a gunshot wound to her backside.

Sources are also telling Burkett that Major Crimes detectives believe her boyfriend pulled the trigger.

Another witness is saying he was last seen running away from the scene on Brittwood Drive.

"Things have changed," Hill said. "We used to know who lived next door. We have new people moving in and the elderly that lived here are now deceased."

If you have information that could help detectives, call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 or submit a tip online at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All three Crime Stoppers methods of contact are anonymous.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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