RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A suspect is still on the loose as Richmond police work to solve the city's latest homicide.
When Richmond officers arrived at the alley on East Fells Street between Monteiro and Lamb avenues around 8:30 Saturday night, they found a man who had been shot. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Kernard Bowling, Jr., 38, was shot multiple times and could not respond to officer's questions when they got to him. Now police and residents are searching for answers.
Crumpled crime scene tape is the only physical reminder of the scene that unfolded in this alley Saturday night, but for the people whose houses surround the area, the frightening tale is fresh in their minds. Most were too scared to talk to us on camera.
"I'm still shocked about the situation that someone has been killed so close to where I live," said one anonymous resident.
The number of gunshots heard differs depending on who you ask, but police tell us Bowling was shot at least two times in the upper torso. He was already unresponsive when officers found him in the alleyway. Several of Bowling's family members examined the scene this morning, hoping for any clues.
"For some reason I had to see it for myself because I couldn't believe it," said cousin of Bowling, who wished to remain anonymous.
A cousin tells us there's now a void in the large, close-knit family.
"We used to laugh, laugh, laugh. We was real close. And the way he laughed, the way he sounded when he laughed, made me laugh," said the cousin.
Bowling's father also came out here this morning after hearing the news from a relative. While he didn't want to talk to us on camera, he tells us he's devastated at the loss of his only son and he isn't sure exactly what Bowling was doing here last night.
Residents say this type of crime happens on the borders of their Southern Barton Heights neighborhood -- they've only had to worry about stolen cars and the occasional street robbery or home break-in. And in the aftermath of this tragedy, shock, fear and sadness remain.
"Just the fact that someone was killed. No one deserves to die and be left in an alley," said an resident.
Detectives are asking anyone with information to come forward-- you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 780-1000.