Two teens shot in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Police are investigating a Sunday night double shooting near Richmond International Raceway. Police were called to the 3700 block of Delmont Street around 8:00 p.m. where they found the an 18-year-old victim who had been shot in the back.

While that victim was taken to the hospital, police dispatchers received a second call about a second teenager who had been shot.  The 17-year-old was found at the Essex Village apartments about a mile away from the scene on Delmont Street.

The initial investigation into the shooting, detectives said, indicates that both victims were at Delmont Street when they were shot.  After speaking with the teenagers in the hospital and collecting evidence on scene, investigators said the motive for the shooting appears to be robbery.

“We’re still talking with to both the victims at the hospital trying to figure out just what their relationship is,” said Cpt. Emmett Williams with the Major Crimes division of the Richmond Police Department.  RPD is leading the investigation into the shooting.

Police have not released any suspect information in connection with the shooting.  Both victims remain at VCU Medical Center recovering from their injuries.  The 18-year-old is in critical condition, but doctors said both teens should pull through.

For some who live on Delmont Street, the shooting is reminiscent of rougher times in the area.

Neighbors said the last shooting on Delmont Street in recent memory was more than five years ago.  Increased police patrols and upgraded apartment facilities have helped limit crime near Delmont, according to some neighbors.

“They’ve seen the neighborhood get cleaned up, they’ve seen more police in the area,” said Cpt. Williams.

Still, some residents like Randall Davis hope Sunday night’s shooting does not bring make the memories of a rougher Delmont Street.

“I hope it’s not going to escalate to anything else,” said Davis.  “If it does, I’m pretty sure people will have their heads up next time.”

Both teenagers are expected to recover from their injuries.  Richmond Police have not released information relating to charges in this case.

Stay tuned to CBS 6 News and WTVR.com for updates.

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