A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed late Tuesday night as he walked down a residential street in an Iron Triangle neighborhood.
The boy, who police have not yet identified, was conversing with a group of teens and young adults near the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Eighth Street around 9:40 p.m. before he walked off alone, said Richmond Police Det. Nicole Abetkov.
“We think he was with the group, then after he walked away someone came up and shot him numerous times,” Abetkov said.
Abetkov could only identify the victim as a 17-year-old Latino male, but noted that early indications are that he was local student with no criminal history or gang involvement.
All of the victim’s gunshot wounds appeared to be in his back, Abetkov said.
“He looks like just a good kid,” Abetkov said. “We don’t see any connection with the recent (gang violence) at this time.”
No suspects are in custody and police do not yet have a motive, Abetkov said.
Tuesday’s killing marks Richmond’s 24th homicide this year. Last month, nine homicides occurred in the city, most stemming from a violent feud between rival central and North Richmond neighborhoods.
The shooting occurred near the geographic center of the Iron Triangle, just a few blocks from Peres Elementary School.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Hector Esparza at (510) 620-6673 or use the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (510) 232-TIPS or send tips by text message or email to Tips2RPD@richmondpd.net.