RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - 2 cop cars sit at the BP gas station on Broad Street Friday night. Just a few weekends ago, however, gunfire rang out after a teen party in the area. Since the incidents, Richmond Police are stepping up patrols.
"We're making sure that we have a high visibility in terms of a presence there but 2 we're trying to hold the promoters accountable," said Richmond Police Chief, Bryan Norwood.
The parties were promoted to teens in the area. Police believe they led to a shooting at Lowes on Broad Street and the BP gas station next door. It has some people who live in the area worried about safety.
"The incident, it should have occurred or noting like that," said nearby resident, Melvin Nelson. "I mean we need to bond against each other and come together. It's a lot of kids lying out here and we need to come together."
While police hope their presence will deter such violent acts, they believe crime prevention starts at home.
"I would just encourage the parents to really pay attention to what type of parties they're going to and pay attention to the curfew as well," said Norwood.
Melvin Nelson couldn't agree more.
"If I had kids I would be more responsible for them and everything and tell them no this is not for you to be out there like that," said Nelson.