Update: Three dead in two Richmond shootings

Update: Three dead in two Richmond shootings
Two people were killed in a shooting on Pennsylvania Avenue at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2024. Photos/Soren Hemmila

Updated at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Richmond Police are investigating multiple homicides this morning after two people were shot to death Tuesday afternoon and one early Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, two people were killed and two more injured in a shooting on Pennsylvania Avenue. Richmond Police dispatch received a ShotSpotter activation at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, followed by reports of a subject that was shot in the 700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, according to Lt. Donald Patchin, Public Information Officer for the Richmond Police Department.

“Officers responded and located at least one victim suffering from fatal wounds at the scene. Three additional victims either self-transported or were transported by ambulance to local trauma centers,” Patchin said.

A second victim died later at a local hospital.

A third victim died in a separate shooting in the 1300 block of Kelsey Street at 12:42 a.m. Wednesday morning, Patchin said.

Patchin said Richmond Police responded to the Wednesday morning shooting after receiving another ShotSpotter activation followed by calls of a subject who had been shot.

“Officers located a victim at the scene suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Unfortunately, that victim succumbed to their injuries at the scene,” Patchin said.

The Bay Area News Group reported a law enforcement source with knowledge of the incident said two of the four victims were juveniles, and a pregnant woman in her 20s was one of the three killed.

Patchin said he was unable to confirm specifics regarding the gender, age, or if the victim was pregnant.

"In response to these shootings, we have increased the number of officers on patrol and are conducting high-visibility patrols," Patchin said. "RPD Homicide Detectives are actively investigating these homicides and are working to bring the persons responsible to justice."

This morning’s homicide is the seventh RPD has investigated this year. Last year, Richmond had only eight homicides, the lowest homicide rate in 50 years.

Recent shootings include Charles Harvey, 46, who was killed in a 2900 block of Gomer Drive on January 17. Myron Smith, 50, lost his life in the 2300 block of Lancaster Drive in February, and Antjuan Webb Jr., 20, died in the 300 block of South 36th Street on March 27. Jimarion Robinson, an 18-year-old Kennedy High School student, died in a May 11 shooting in the Pullman Neighborhood.

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