Police seek suspects in overnight shootings

By Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Officers arrived to pandemonium on the Northside shortly after midnight Sunday morning. Richmond police say a fight broke out at a crowded party.

When all was said and done, officers found four men with gun-shot wounds within a one mile radius.

No trespassing and keep out signs dot the 3000 block of Barton Avenue where residents say police sirens are a common sound. Not surprisingly, not one of those residents will talk to our cameras about what happened shortly after midnight Sunday morning when a fight at a party spilled out onto the street.

When police arrived on scene they found two victims with gunshot wounds outside the house where the argument started. those men told officers they heard the fight but didn't know the two men arguing and couldn't tell exactly who was shooting.

Just a few minutes later, police got another call, this time from a man who said he was in an alley and had been shot at the party on Barton Avenue. Officers searched the area and found that unidentified victim with life threatening injuries in the 3100 block of Woodrow Avenue, just a short distance away.

Then another victim called 911. He told officers he ran when he heard the shots at the party and didn't realize he had actually been hurt. Police found him in the 600 block of Bancroft Avenue, almost a mile away from the original scene.

At this point, detectives are not sure if the people who were shot were actually involved in the argument or just in the wrong place at the wrong time. It's also unclear whether or not they're looking for multiple suspects.

"We rely on the community to be our eyes and ears and tell us what happened so that we can hopefully find those people and arrest them and get them off the streets so other people won't get hurt," Capt. Linda Samuel of the Richmond Police Department.

Police are working to put together suspect descriptions. if you didn't feel comfortable talking at the scene and have information, you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 780-1000.

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