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RICHMOND, Va. -- Two people who were shot to death on Richmond's Southside Wednesday night appeared to be young males, according to neighbors.

Police said around 9:53 p.m. police responded to the 3600 block of Decatur Street for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located two males suffering from a gunshot wound. They were pronounced dead on the scene.

Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham said the case is being investigated as a double homicide.

Richmond Police investigate a double homicide on the city's Southside.

"In the last couple days we have seen a significant increase in individuals being shot here in the city," Durham said at the scene. "But, this is a quiet neighborhood. We haven't had any violence over here at all this year."

Neighbors described hearing four to seven gunshots and seeing a "young male" lying motionless in the grass. They said one victim appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

Delores Atkinson returned home to find her property surrounded by police tape and detectives gathering clues.

"That's a blood spot right there," Atkinson pointed out in front of her home on Decatur Street. "It's a shock to me that something like this happen right there."

Delores Atkinson returned home Wednesday night to find a crime scene in front of her Decatur Street home.

Atkinson said she later learned the victims were unknown to her.

Detectives returned to the scene Thursday morning to hand out "help wanted" flyers and gather evidence and witness accounts.

Police are soon expected to release the victim's identities as well as a suspect description.

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