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Man killed in Richmond shooting that injured 8-month-old baby identified

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Posted at 3:26 PM, Mar 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-10 04:24:37-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Police have identified the man killed in early Wednesday morning shooting on Fairfield Avenue that also injured an eight-month-old baby.

Just after 1 a.m., Richmond Police were notified about a person who was shot in the 2800 block of Fairfield Avenue. When police arrived, they found the man with a gunshot wound and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim was later identified as 44-year-old Kavon Howard of Richmond.

The eight-month-old baby who was injured is in the hospital, but police said the baby's injuries are not considered life-threatening.

"He always gives us neighbors rides because we need rides. I'm handicapped, he'd give us rides to the store or whatever we need," a neighbor, who goes by the name Chocolate, said.

Chocolate said he knows Howard and his family. He described Howard as a hard worker and a kind person.

"They didn't have to hurt her. She just came into the world. It hurt me so bad that it happened to our neighbor," Chocolate said, referencing the baby being injured. "I'm sorry that it happened to him, and I'm sorry for what his wife is going to have to go through. I pray to God that her family, her baby, survive this."

Mildred Kenny, another resident in the neighborhood, said the community is on edge after the shooting.

"Whoever did it, just tell them to turn themselves in because this doesn't make any sense," Kenny said.

"Please don't hurt the kids and stop hurting others because we got to live together," Chocolate said.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Mansfield (804) 646-6996 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods 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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