RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Richmond school playground becomes the scene of a deadly shooting. It happened last night, while parents & students were on campus for an after school event. This afternoon, police have determined the shooting a homicide and have a suspect in custody.
Richmond school officials say they're trying to make the day as normal as possible for their students and not focus what happened on this very playground last night, but for parents dropping off their children this morning, it was difficult to think of anything else.
As parents dropped off their children at Chimborazo Elementary School this morning, they were at least relieved to see Richmond Police officers at every corner. But some say they had to think twice about whether to even bring their child to school today at all.
Parent, Kynn Garrison says, "I was concerned for my child's safety." "I was like, should I take them to school or not, or just keep them with me today?"
Parent Charlene Donelson says, "I didn't make the decision not to bring him, I was just really concerned about what the school would do about the safety of the children during the day."
While the incident was not directly related to the school, officials say they'll do what it takes to keep their students as safe as possible -- Thomas Scott Jr., 20, of the 100 block of Garber Street in Richmond, was gunned down on the playground. Police say Scott had been playing basketball during a Parks and Recreation Department sponsored community program prior to the shooting. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Still, it was too close to home for Charlene Donelson who lives just a few houses away. She came home to the chaos last night and walked her son to kindergarten here this morning.
Donelson says, "Its kind of a dreary, knowing that something like that took place. I was thankful that it was after school hours and no children were outside playing, or any teachers like that."
Police have since arrested and charged Anthony Singleton, 20, of the 100 block of W. Leigh Street in Richmond, for Scott's murder. As they continue to investigate, school officials say grief counselors will be on hand for students or faculty. And parents can expect to see a continued presence by both Richmond police and school security for the next several days, keeping a watchful eye on these young faces who had violence strike where they'd least expect.