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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Henrico Police still have no leads and no suspects in Monday night's shooting of a Highland Springs High School student. Officers say 18-year-old Wazira Harris had already been taken to a nearby hospital when they arrived on East Beal Street. They were responding to a call about a disturbance with shots fired.
We're told Wazira Harris was an innocent bystander in this situation. Friends say she used to live in the apartment complex and was just visiting Monday night. Now those same friends are left grieving.
After the violence, residents of the Highland Woods Apartments don't want to be identified on camera. One tells us she saw her friend, Wazira Harris, just a couple of hours before police arrived on scene and doctors at Richmond Community Hospital pronounced Harris dead.
"I'm like, wait a minute! This can't be! When I heard it, this can't be! Just an innocent life taken, two innocent lives taken."
Those innocent lives made others happy.
The friend told NBC 12, "She was just sweet! She stayed to herself a lot and she was kind of funny, just every time you see her she'd make you laugh."
A friend told us Harris was visiting residents from her former home. One of those companions was actually outside as shots broke the late night silence.
This is how she describes the scene: "Everybody around here, all we heard was gunshots and everybody was just scared out of their minds because we never heard no gunshots this close before. So, everybody was kind of running around crazy last night."
Another resident returned home to the chaos of flashing lights. The crime scene is right in front of her apartment, where she lives with her 17-year-old son.
"My son could have been outside during the time when this incident occurred and he could have been a victim as well. And basically, now it's like where can you consider a safe environment to raise your children?" she said.
These residents are considering moving. They feel all that's left in this community now, is shock and fear.
"It's very frightening to know that you can be here today and gone tomorrow," said the friend.
Police say the biggest obstacle they face in these situations is locating witnesses. Anyone with any information is asked to call Henrico Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.