UPDATE: Richmond police investigating shooting death in Whitcomb Court

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Just before midnight, Richmond Police were called to the 2200 block of Whitcomb Street for a report of a person shot. Officers were nearby and on the scene within one minute and a homicide investigation is under way.

Witnesses believe it was delivery driver who was shot to death. Police will not confirm that information.

Daytime brought quiet -- but few answers -- especially for the people who live in this community.

Members of Pilgrim Baptist Church -- located in the heart of Whitcomb Court --gathered together -- reminicsing about a community picnic held just three weeks ago. They say to go from food, fun, and music, to police lights and gun shots is tough to swallow.

"To go from that to this again is traumatic," said Cynthia Losen. "As a member of this church and therefore this community, it strikes me personally everytime I hear about something over here -- I think it could be someone I know, and even if it's not someone I know who's been injured, I worry about them having trauma for having witnessed something."

Edward and Cora Shearn have lived in this neighborhood for more than 50 years. They just returned from vacation -- sad, but not overly surprised to hear about a late night homicide.

"We've had so many outreach programs in the community and it's just sad to hear," Cora Shearn said.

The community members say the crime here doesn't make them want to leave -- instead they want to help.

"We are going to go right back and do the same thing again to see if we can't make this a safer area for all of our people," she said. "We want to help and do whatever we can."

As the day continues we expect to learn more about the victim in this homicide. Police say they are not releasing his identity because they are still trying to notify his next of kin.

We will of course stay on top of this story and bring you any updates. In the meantme, anyone with any information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 780-1000.

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