RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Smashed windows and dented cars littered a Church Hill neighborhood Monday, after a late-night rampage early Sunday morning involving 30 or more teenagers and young adults, according to neighbors.
“Why are the kids doing this,” asked Mary Galloway, as she surveyed the damage to a window on her 29th Street home.
“I mean, I know they can find other things to do than vandalize other peoples’ homes and stuff.”
The motivation for the outburst, which centered around 31st and R Streets, wasn’t immediately clear, although Richmond Police spokesperson Dionne Waugh told CBS 6 there was no evidence to suggest it was triggered by an officer-involved shooting in Mosby Court on Saturday.
Waugh said the police filed 7 reports from the incident, which occurred around 12:30 p.m. early Sunday. Two of those reports were for vandalism, with another five resulting from bricks or stones being thrown at homes.
On Monday, many of the residents in this Church Hill neighborhood were left to pick up the pieces.
“We have no police presence on the weekends, period,” exclaimed Willie Morgan, who’s lived in the neighborhood for 34 years.
“We are left alone, we are abandoned. And that’s how most of my community, that’s how our residents feel.”
Waugh said Richmond Police responded to the calls of mayhem Sunday morning, but couldn’t provide an arrival time.
Some neighbors living nearby told CBS 6 that the brick-hurling- which lasted for at least an hour-went on uninterrupted without any police response.
Richmond police have classified the situation as an ‘ongoing investigation,’ and have not yet made any arrests.