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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - The teenager found shot in a south Richmond alley has died.

Police found the 16-year-old shooting victim about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in an alley off the 3600 block of McRand Street, which isn't far from Southside Plaza.

His gunshot wound was considered life threatening. Within the day he was pronounced dead. Police are withholding his name during this stage of the investigation.

Richmond Police have taken one person into custody.

Neighbors said they did hear noises they thought were back-fires from a car.

Sara Taylor described that section of McRand street as peaceful.

"You really don't see the police in the area like that.... this is a very quiet neighborhood,” said Taylor.

Taylor lives and works in the area and thinks police didn’t mention anything for a reason. "I think they did it as a precaution to keep everybody safe and to keep panic down,” said Taylor.

But other neighbors wish police had let them know.

"There's constant kids around here and kids don't have to be subjected to that or shouldn't have to be,” said Melms.

Melms tells CBS 6, officers say they were responding to someone breaking into cars in the 3600 block of McRand street.  But Richmond police couldn’t confirm that information.

Last year's crime numbers from McRand street don't reveal any reported calls for shootings.  But there were at least two reported car thefts.

Police have not yet released information about the person who was taken into custody, nor the circumstances that led up to the shooting.

The Department is working closely with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and the public to investigate the circumstances surrounding this fatal shooting.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.


  • PC

    The Positively Richmond side the Mayor and Power Brokers of LovingRVA refuse to deal with or notice.
    If you Ignore it, it will go away. NOT.

  • Thurgood Russel

    You do not know this young man he was on his way home after studying with a friend and finishing a research paper. Before you judge know the facts!

  • Dotell

    Parental approval for this late night study group by minors on a school night? He’s just a child, after all. Was he walking home alone?
    Do tell us the rest of the story.

    • evelyn woman

      This young man died this afternoon. The family is devastated. It doesn’t matter why he was out at this point, the family deserves loving kindness towards their son. His 17 year old sister just died this past October due to gross negligence at Regional Memorial Hospital. This is too sad and too much!

  • shanienee

    I will not mention his name, but my kids were friends of his. My daughter said he would come by in the summer and hang out with her and my son. My deepest condolences to his family. I can truly say that I am so so sorry for your loss.

  • Lisa

    My condolences to the family, my heart breaks for them. I will not disclose his name, he was my daughters friend and he was loved by many. No one deserves to have their life taken away from violence. Peace and blessings to all our youth. Rest in Peace young man.

  • Kathy Katspice Spicer

    It is a tragedy for a young life to be snatched away, no matter what the circumstances are, I have a 16 year old not far from the location this happened. My prayers and deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.

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