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Man shot in downtown Richmond during second night of protests

Posted at 7:26 AM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 07:26:23-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- One man shot during a second night of violent protests in downtown Richmond suffered life-threatening injuries, according to Richmond Police.

The man was riding in a vehicle at about 1 a.m. when someone shot him near the intersection of West Grace Street and North Meadow Street.

“The victim suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound when the vehicle he was riding in came in contact with a group of protesters at approximately 12:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of West Grace Street,” a Richmond Police spokesperson said. “Detectives have determined the gunshots came from behind the vehicle. There is no suspect description at this time.”

The shooting occurred as protesters took to the streets Saturday night. Richmond is one of many cities across the country experiencing violent protests following more protests over the death of George Floyd.

Floyd died Monday after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd's neck until he stopped breathing.

Police have arrested at least 1,669 people in 22 U.S. cities according to a tally by The Associated Press.

Nearly one-third of those arrests came in Los Angeles. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency and ordered the National Guard to back up the city's 10,000 police officers.

Overnight curfews were imposed in more than a dozen major cities.

Anyone with information on the shooting in Richmond was asked to call Major Crimes Detective D. Cuffley at 804-646-6795 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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