A pair of teenage siblings were shot to death Thursday night outside a residence on McGlothen Way in the northern part of Richmond.
According to a spokesperson from the Richmond Police Department, two unknown people walked up to a group of people who were talking and opened fire. “It looks like they were just firing into the group that was standing outside,” said Lieutenant Bisa French
Airian Holly, 16, and his sister, Mercedes Williams, 19, were pronounced dead at the crime scene. French said that no other injuries were reported.
Dispatch notified police of the shootings at 9:45 p.m. The police department’s ShotSpotter system, which alerts police to the sound of gunfire, is not set up in that neighborhood, French said.
French said that police believe the shooters left in a dark blue vehicle. But police don’t have much else in the way of description because it was dark outside, French said.
French said that it’s possible these two homicides are linked to other recent shootings that have occurred throughout Richmond in recent weeks. But French could not confirm whether the incidents are related because it is too early in the investigation.
Holly and Williams are Richmond’s sixth and seventh homicides this year.