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RICHMOND, Va. -- Police have identified the victims in two separate homicides that occurred less than 20 minutes apart in the city's Whitcomb Court and Mosby Court neighborhoods Saturday night.

The first took place shortly before 11 p.m. when police were called to the 2400 block of Carmine Street for a report of a person down. Upon arrival, they found 24-year-old Justin B. Townsend of Woodbridge in the courtyard of an apartment complex suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

The Richmond Ambulance Authority transported him to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

15 minutes later, police responded to the 1400 block of Coalter Street near Littlepage Street for a report of a shooting and found 40-year-old Broderick F. Jones suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the stairwell of a residence. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives are in the early stages of an investigation and do not believe the two incidents are related at this time.

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death for both victims.

Anyone with information on the Carmine Street homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective J. Crewell at (804) 646-5324. Those with information on the Coalter Street homicide are asked to either call Major Crimes Detective A. Coates at (804) 646-0729 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.