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Police Chief addresses Richmond violence: 'Children shot for no reason'

Posted at 10:35 AM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 18:25:47-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith called on the community to step forward to help end the violence in Richmond. His plea comes after at least five people were shot Tuesday including the fatal shootings of a 15-year-old boy and a woman shot while sitting on her porch.

Other shootings victims included children ages six and three, according to police.

"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."

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.

"We know there are people out there who know what happened," Chief Smith said. "We're talking about our children, our children here, the 15-year-old as well, in many regards, that is still a kid, if not a baby himself, who lost his life as well as others. And the details of the case, we can't give out all the details of the case. But we can tell you that this three-year-old baby, the six-year-old baby, they were going about doing what three-year-olds and six-year-olds do. This is a problem."

Tuesday's shootings come on the heels of a violent weekend in Richmond in which at least three people were hurt.

Chief Gerald Smith was officially introduced as Richmond Police Chief late last month.

He replaced former Chief William Smith who resigned in June after less than a year on the job. William Smith's resignation came amid protests over the way Richmond Police were handling protests against police brutality and social injustice.

This is a developing story.