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RICHMOND, Va. - Police are hunting for the suspect or suspects in the shooting of a man on Richmond’s Southside Friday afternoon.

It happened right before 12:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of Halifax Avenue just off Jeff Davis Highway. Police were seen gathered on the sidewalk outside the home where the victim ran to after being shot.

One neighbor who did not want to be identified said the shooting happened fast.

“It was kind of strange because we were outside and didn’t hear any gunshots,” the neighbor said. “You know, me and some of the neighbors were outside on a normal day and next thing you know we see police coming to the corner. It is sad. Real sad.

The victim, who was in his 20s, was rushed to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

The neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said she is disgusted by the choices some young people make to settle arguments.

“It is not like when we was growing up," she said. "We was fist fighting and the next day we were playing. But this generation they go to serious violence and its sad.”

Richmond Police spokesman Gene Lepley said violent crimes in the Oak Grove neighborhood have dropped by 50% in 2014 thanks to community involvement.

Lepley delivered a stern warning to the suspects.

“We are coming to get you. We really are,” Lepley said. “Oak Grove is not the neighborhood you should have committed this crime because those people are motivated.
We would like people to cooperate with us as they have so we can enjoy that major drop in crimes. Keep working with us. Let’s solve this case.”

The suspect descriptions are sketchy and investigators do not have a motive. If you know anything about this crime call Crimestoppers at 804-780-1000.



  • Ron Melancon

    And our Mayor spends more time on a baseball stadium than crimes like this. Go figure. He has a good role model like our President that is going to let Iraq fall faster than it took us .

    • Robbie

      How about we send George Bush to Baghdad to be tried for war crimes. Never should have gone there to begin with. Let Iraq fall. Bush and Cheney ruined the economy by going there for big oil. Didn’t seem to matter to them that they were murdering thousands of our children and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis in the process.

  • reeltime

    “We are coming to get you. We really are,” Lepley said. “Oak Grove is not the neighborhood you should have committed this crime because those people are motivated.
    Thank you Lt.Lepley for energizing that community, as it appears there is a relationship developing that will slow this criminal behavior. Thank you to the neighbors, stand up, you and your children have right to live in a safe environment.

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