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Mayor calls Richmond violence unacceptable: 'It needs to stop'

Posted at 1:56 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 18:25:15-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney called for an end to violence in Richmond, hours after five separate shootings claimed the lives of a 15-year-old, a mother of seven, and injured a three and six-year-old.

"It's not only a tragedy, but its also unacceptable," said the mayor.

"We all know it needs to stop. We all want it to stop and it's going to take everyone working together alongside the Richmond Police Department to ensure it stops."

The mayor's comments come after Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith addressed the violence Wednesday morning.

"If anyone in this community right now is not outraged at a three-year-old and a six-year-old, going about their lives, doing what they're doing and ended up just getting shot for no reason, then we need to check your heart," Chief Smith said. "There's something wrong with that."

"A young life has been lost. And two innocent children. One three years old, another six years old, who were doing what three and six years old kids do. Are now gunshot victims," the mayor added.

Stoney says receiving those type of calls from Richmond Police is the hardest part of his job.

"You know, the hardest thing about this job at times can be getting the call getting the text message from those over an RPD about another life that's lost in the city. And what is the hardest part of that, is when we know it is a child, a teenager," said the mayor.

Stoney urged anyone with information about the shootings to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 to help bring those responsible to justice.

"Let's make sure our priorities are where they rightfully belong. That's public health and public safety of our children," said Stoney.

Richmond Police are investigating five shootings reported between 6:20 p.m. Tuesday and 1:42 a.m. Wednesday.

Police provided a timeline and description of each violent crime:

6:20 PM

SECTOR 411 DEATH INVESTIGATION (SHOOTING): 7/14/20

3026 Lamb Ave., 31 year old female victim was on her porch when she was shot once in leg and once in abdomen area. Victim was transported to hospital where she later died.

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10:53 PM

SECTOR 113 AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (SHOOTING): 7/14/20

Police responed to 2159 North 29th street for a report of a person shot. On scene they discovered an adult female victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg, non life threatening.

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11:05 PM

SECTOR 111 DEATH INVESTIGATION (SHOOTING) / AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (SHOOTING): 7/14/20

At 2305 hours police units responded to 910 N. 31st for a report of a person shot. When they arrived they found a juvenile male (15) suffering from several gunshot wounds and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

While on scene officers discovered a second shooting victim at 3008 O Street, a juvenile female (3), suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

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12:51 AM

SECTOR 111 AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (SHOOTING): 7/15/20

An adult male walked into Community Hospital suffering from a non life threatening gunshot wound to the back. No crime scene located and the victim was uncooperative.

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1:42 AM

SECTOR 213 AGGRAVATED ASSAULT / SHOOTING INTO OCCUPIED DWELLING: 7/15/20

2404 Summer Hill Ave, a family heard several pops and it was determined that a juvenile female victim (6) sustained a gunshot wound to her leg.

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