RICHMOND, Va. -- It was mayhem in metro Richmond on Tuesday. Within four hours in four different shootings, Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond Police are all investigating homicides.
Henrico Police are chasing down leads of suspects who were fleeing the area after a homicide off of Wistar Village Drive happened in the West End around 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday.
Henrico Police just had officers in this area in recent weeks talking to residents about how to better serve their public safety needs.
"We were here just doing a community walk, building relationships and want to continue that. So if they saw something, call us."
Five minutes later, a similar request across town off Wellington near Hazlehurst Avenue.
Richmond officers arrived to find a man shot in an alley. Crime Insider sources said the man was shot in the stomach and was pronounced dead at the scene.
This murder was the 90th for the year, compared to a total of 66 last year, just four away from a 17-year-high.
An hour later, a shots fired call in Chesterfield. That's where police found a young man suffering from gunshot wounds off of Arbor Lake Drive. He was pronounced dead at the scene. [RELATED: Police ID 18-year-old killed at Chester apartments]
The death was the 12th homicide for Chesterfield, a county that saw a total of 16 last year.
Back north, a man was shot but is in stable condition in Ashland at a trailer park.
🔎 WTVR.COM IN-DEPTH: Tracking Central Virginia Homicide Stats
Richmond Police have reported 90 homicides in the city thru Dec. 29, 2021.
Since 2000, Richmond has averaged approximately 60 homicides a year.
Between 2002-2005, more than 80 people a year were killed in crimes classified as homicides in the city. Over the last two years, more than 60 people were killed in crimes classified as homicides, according to Richmond Crime statistics.
In 1994, 160 people were killed in the City of Richmond. In 1997, the city's homicide number was 140.
|2021||90 homicides (as of Dec. 29, 2021)|
|2021||25 homicides (as of Dec. 29, 2021)|
|2021||12 homicides (as of Dec. 29, 2021)|