Woman shot in head after violent dispute, arrest made

By: Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A suspect has been arrested after the shooting of a 24-year-old Richmond woman Saturday morning.

Police have charged Leonard M. Silva with malicious wounding.

Police say Silva had gotten into an argument with another man when he fired a small caliber gun.

The bullet hit the victim in the head.

She was immediately taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

Her mother, who asked to remain anonymous, says her faith keeps her strong.

"I know that God is good and he is greater than any problem and that's the best we can do is pray," she said.

Just after 1:00 a.m. Saturday, a 24-year-old woman was shot in the head.

It happened at the Saint John's Woods Apartment complex in Richmond.

Police believe the shooter to be 28-year-old Leonard Silva, who also lives in the complex.

Neighbors heard the gun go off late that night and now the next day they are still looking for answers.

"Last night I just heard some gunshot, what sounded like a gunshot. I thought it was firecrackers," said neighbor Andrew Campbell. "Nothing like that ever happens around here."

Andrew and his twin brother Adam live three doors down from where the shooting happened.

They were surprised at what happened and have never had concerns about safety in their neighborhood.

"Yeah it's fine. The residents get along with everybody. Usually we all look out for one another and I mean it's all right," said Adam. "Things happen but hopefully we learn from this experience."

A red bow hangs on the door to the victim's apartment while pieces of police crime scene tape are spread across the grass.

It's a rough start to the holidays for this mother who is still at a loss for words.

Police tell us that Silva also lives in the apartment complex but we are unsure of his connection to the victim.

If you have any information about the incident call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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