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Police arrested Luke R. McCutchen, 20, of the 1200 block of St. Peter Street, and charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and trespassing.

Police arrested Luke R. McCutchen, 20, of the 1200 block of St. Peter Street, and charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and trespassing.

RICHMOND, Va.  —  Richmond Police recovered five guns and a large quantity of cocaine following a shooting in Gilpin Court.

Police arrested Luke R. McCutchen, 20, of the 1200 block of St. Peter Street, and charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and trespassing.

Police initially responded to Hickory Street in Gilpin Court, for reports of random gunfire.

Police arrested Luke R. McCutchen, 20, of the 1200 block of St. Peter Street, and charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and trespassing.

Police arrested Luke R. McCutchen, 20, of the 1200 block of St. Peter Street, and charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and trespassing.

Acting on tips from the community, RPD detectives arrested McCutchen a short time later and recovered five firearms.

“The recovery of so many weapons is a big step in our on-going effort to deal with gun violence in the city,” said RPD Chief Alfred Durham. “I want to personally thank the people who called in with tips. We can’t do it alone. We need help. We need more tips.”

The detectives recovered three .40 caliber handguns, a 9mm handgun, and a 7.62mm assault weapon.

Detectives are looking into what, if any, links there may be with this shooting incident and some recent gun-related violence in Gilpin Court.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Jamie Baynes at (804) 646-3617 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.

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