6-year-old injured in shoot-out that started at basketball courts

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) — It was just before 4:30 pm Thursday afternoon, when Richmond Police responded to Redd and Coalter Streets in Mosby Court.

“When they (police) arrived, they found two individuals suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds,” Richmond Police Captain Emmett Williams said.

An adult male and a 6-year-old girl were the two victims of that double shooting.

“Adults or supposedly adults shooting guns and shooting an innocent little child,” one neighbor said.  “I can’t even fathom it, it’s unbelievable.”

Neighbors told CBS 6 News that an argument at a basketball court led to a fight and at least 20 gunshots were fired.  By Friday those living in and around the area said they were frustrated that crime is becoming not only the norm, but more and more violent.

“We have heard a lot of gunshots,” one neighbor explained.  “I’ve seen a little bit of everything around here, drug dealings, prostitution.  I’m afraid to even let my dog go out by himself.”

But when a child is caught in the crossfire, the neighbors say the frustration they feel is coupled with fear.

“This kind of violence, there’s nothing you can do,” the neighbor said.  “It’s sad because you feel unprotected.”

Gene Lepley with Richmond Police said they are following several strong leads, and have made good progress after receiving “moment by moment descriptions” of what happened Thursday afternoon.

If you have any information that could help investigators, call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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