Lincoln Plair, 20, of Richmond was shot dead this afternoon on the 100 block of 6th Street, said Detective Nicole Abetkov of the Richmond Police Department.
Police had blocked off most of 6th Street between Pennsylvania and Ripley Avenues on Monday night, but friends and family of Plair gathered near the corner of 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.
Yesena Alvarez, who was among those gathered, said Plair had been washing her uncle’s car in front of her 6th Street home when he was shot. “People just walked up and started shooting–while my kids were outside, my two-year-olds,” Alvarez said. She said she did not see the shooters.
“The only information that we have on suspects at this time is that between two and three males were seen running from the scene,” Abetkov said.
Police responded to Shot Spotter activations and multiple 9-1-1 calls just minutes before arriving on the scene at 3:40 pm. Abetkov said that Plair was found suffering from multiple gun shot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
“He was a nice person,” said Janet Gallegos, who said she was a longtime friend of Plair’s. “He was cool with everyone in the world.”
The shooting occurred less than two blocks from Peres Elementary School. This is the second homicide in Richmond this year. On February 4th William Wheeler, 26, was found dead near Lucas Park, just a few blocks from Monday’s shooting.
This article was updated at 9:12 pm with the victim’s name and spelling.