RICHMOND, Va. – Police were overwhelmed by calls for shots fired early New Year’s Day after many people decided to ring in 2022 with illegal gunfire.
Video captured the sound of a volley of gunshots in Church Hill not far from the Richmond Police Department's First Precinct station as the clock struck midnight Saturday.
Celebratory gunfire has been illegal since Brendon's law was passed in 2014 after 7-year-old Brendon Mackey was killed by random gunshots on the Fourth of July in 2013.
Police said there were at least six shooting incidents on New Year’s with a total of six adults shot.
Additionally, several homes and vehicles were hit across metro Richmond.
Officers said none of their injuries were life threatening, but that investigations into the cases are ongoing.
If you have information that could help detectives, call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 or submit a tip online at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All three Crime Stoppers methods of contact are anonymous.
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🔎 WTVR.COM IN-DEPTH: Tracking Central Virginia Homicide Stats
Richmond Police have reported 90 homicides in the city thru Dec. 29, 2021.
Since 2000, Richmond has averaged approximately 60 homicides a year.
Between 2002-2005, more than 80 people a year were killed in crimes classified as homicides in the city. Over the last two years, more than 60 people were killed in crimes classified as homicides, according to Richmond Crime statistics.
In 1994, 160 people were killed in the City of Richmond. In 1997, the city's homicide number was 140.
|2022||44 (as of Oct. 9, 2022)|
|2021||25 homicides (as of Dec. 29, 2021)|
|2022||12 (as of Sept. 30, 2022)|