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Mayor responds to toddler shot, Richmond gun violence: 'Enough is enough'

Posted at 2:15 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 17:28:45-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- "Enough is Enough."

Those were the words of Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney after a two-year-old girl was shot outside her Richmond home early Wednesday morning.

Police were called to the 2300 block of Ambrose Street at about 2:11 a.m. to investigate the shooting.

"Detectives have determined the child was outside the building with a family member when the shooting occurred and she was carried inside as police were called. They do not believe she was the intended target," said Richmond Police spokesperson Gene Lepley.

The girl suffered a gunshot wound to her arm and was hospitalized and in stable condition.

Crime Insider sources tell CBS 6's Jon Burkett that the victim and her family member were getting out of a car when the shooting happened.

In a press conference Wednesday, Stoney addressed the shooting, calling it "unacceptable under any circumstances."

"I want to just make sure that the family involved knows that... we're gonna do everything we can to find who did this," said the mayor.

"The Whitcomb Court community is concerned and disturbed and so should every resident here in the City of Richmond. I don't have to tell anyone here or listening that this is completely unacceptable... completely unacceptable."

The Wednesday morning shooting comes less than a month after separate shootings claimed the life of a 15-year-old and injured a three and six-year-old, all in the span of 12 hours.

Stoney commended the General Assembly for their work to curb gun violence in the commonwealth, however, he urged more action.

"Gun Violence is an epidemic and a public health threat to the peace and safety of communities throughout the City of Richmond, also throughout this country as well," said Stoney. "Every life is precious, and our children are our most precious assets. And we've had too many tragedies involving a child over the course of the last decade."

"We know that our children hold our hopes and our dreams and we need to protect them from becoming victims of gun violence and robbing our city and their families of the future. Their future, their love and their promise," Stoney added.

Police are now searching for a dark Nissan sedan, possibly a Maxima, seen leaving the area after the shooting.

"If you know something, please please say something," urged the mayor.

Tria, a grandmother who lives doors down from the shooting scene, echoed the Mayor's concerns.

"I don’t think kids should live like that," she said. "Nobody should have to live like that."

She said she worries when her grandchildren come visit.

"I don’t feel comfortable with my grandkids playing out here. When they come outside they go out the back for little bit, for a little time," she explained.

Anyone with information on this case was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804 780-1000.