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Police: Man fired shots at coworker inside Richmond parking deck

Posted at 9:36 AM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 09:36:10-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Police are looking for a man who opened fire at a coworker inside a Richmond parking deck.

Hakeem L. Whitaker, 21, is wanted for attempted first-degree murder, use of a firearm while attempting murder, elude, and reckless endangerment of a juvenile, according to Virginia Capitol Police.

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Hakim Whitaker

"Capitol Police were called shortly before 10 a.m. Friday for a report of shots fired in a state parking deck at Seventh and Marshall Streets, just north of Capitol Square. Capitol Police investigators determined that Whitaker, part of a construction crew doing repair work at the deck, had gotten into an altercation with a fellow employee," a spokesperson for Virginia Capitol Police wrote in an email."Investigators determined that as the coworker tried to drive from the deck, Whitaker shot at him twice, first inside the garage and then at Seventh and Broad streets."

The coworker was not hurt.

'Capitol Police found Whitaker back at the deck Saturday morning and attempted to stop his vehicle, but he drove off, reaching high speeds in a car that contained a 1-year-old child and the child's mother," the email continued. "Whitaker eventually led police to the Blackwell neighborhood in South Richmond, where he jumped out and fled on foot."

Whitaker, who is described as 5'4" and 145 pounds, was last known to live on Brady Street in South Richmond.

Anyone with information was asked to call police.