A 64-year-old woman was shot dead in her home late Wednesday night, according to Richmond Police Department officials. Bonita Todd, 64, was hospitalized after gunshots were fired from the street into her apartment on 20th Street near Espee Avenue at around 11 p.m. on May 15, said police spokesperson Det. Nicole Abetkov. Todd died later at the hospital.
The woman’s son, who is in his 40s, was also hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Detectives believe he may have been the intended target, Abetkov said. Police don’t believe the shooting was gang-related, Abetkov said, and may have been connected to the son’s car repair business.
Officers responded to the scene after hearing gunshots and receiving calls from residents in the 100 block of 20th Street. The ShotSpotter system also registered gunshots.
Meanwhile, police confirmed the death of Richmond resident Juan Madrano Jr., 20, who died last week in an unrelated incident. Madrano was shot in the head while driving on Richmond Parkway just east of Giant Road last Friday, May 10. Witnesses called the police, and when paramedics arrived, Madrano was alert and speaking, Abetkov said, but he died later at the hospital.
A passenger in Madrano’s vehicle fled immediately, Abetkov said. Police have been unable to identify the passenger, and are asking the public for information. “If they know who that person was, we would really appreciate notification, because we need to talk to him,” Abetkov said. “He’s also a victim.”
Detectives have no leads or suspects in the case, Abetkov said, but believe it may have been gang-related.
Madrano and Todd are the tenth and eleventh homicide victims in Richmond this year. Ten of the crimes are being investigated by the Richmond Police Department, while one homicide is under the jurisdiction of the BART Police. Abetkov said no formal charges have been brought against anyone in any of the department’s homicide cases.