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Driveby in south Richmond leaves 54-year-old man dead

on March 29, 2012

A drive-by shooting in south Richmond Wednesday night left a 54-year-old man dead in the driveway of a home in the 1500 block of Virginia Avenue.

More than one hour after the 7:30 p.m. shooting, detectives combed the scene. The man’s body, draped in a white tarp, lay in the driveway of a dilapidated house.

Richmond Police Lt. Bisa French said police believe the victim was standing in the driveway with another man when a sedan pulled up slow and someone inside opened fire. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The other man was not hit.

“We are investigating if there was some kind of dispute earlier in the day involving the victim,” French said, but said police do not have suspects.

Police at the scene towed an SUV that was near the body. Residents and friends gathered near the police barricades, some crying. Others complained that the corner near which the victim was killed is a notorious drug trafficking spot.

French said police are withholding the victim’s name pending notification of kin. French said the victim is African American.

The killing is Richmond sixth homicide this year. Anyone with information is asked to call the Richmond police tip line at 510-232-TIPS.

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