Richmond homicide count rises to 18, 3 killed over the last week and a half
on November 30, 2012
Over the last week and a half Richmond has seen a spike in homicides, adding three more killings to a relatively quiet year.
Andre Cross, 34, of Fairfield stepped outside of a home on the 2800 block of McBryde Ave. around 10:30 p.m. to make a phone call and was shot multiple times by someone waiting outside, said Richmond police spokeswoman Lieutenant Bisa French.
“It was not random,” said French. “We believe he was an intended target. There was a vehicle seen leaving the area, but no description of it.”
Last week, two men were shot to death within 48 hours on the 500 block of 5th Street in the Iron Triangle.
On Tuesday, November 20, Lavelle Wallace, 37, was slayed around 10:30 p.m. “He was standing on the block when someone came up and shot him,” French said. “He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Two days later, on Thanksgiving, Richmond police were alerted to another shooting when the city’s shot-spotter recorded multiple shots in the same area.
Armon Brown Jr., 22, was found on the street and was also pronounced dead on the scene. French said he was found with some narcotics on him.
“We are investigating whether or the two shootings are related,” French said. “We believe that somehow they are. They both appear to be intentional shootings. It doesn’t seem to be what we saw before between north and central,” she said. “It seems to be an internal feud between people on the block there.”
All three homicide investigations are ongoing, and no suspects have been arrested.
Tonight, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin is hosting a memorial for this year’s victims in the Whittlesey Room at the Richmond Public Library (325 Civic Center Plaza) from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
According to a press release from McLaughlin’s office, the McLaughlin is “grateful for the reduction” in homicides and attributes the decrease from years past to the “collaborative work of the City with numerous community organizations and neighborhood groups.”
Wednesday night marked the 18th homicide for the city, there were 26 recorded last year.
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