Church Hill residents reflect on week of violence

By: Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police say there is anecdotal evidence that suggests when the mercury rises, so do crime statistics.

Residents in one area that had seen a quiet spell this winter are hoping the high temperatures don't continue to bring criminals who are also packing heat.

One by one, calls for gunfire brought more police and yellow tape barricaded crime scenes.

Richmond's East End is once again riddled with bullet holes.

Alice Harris was perched in her usual spot on her Church Hill porch Friday.

"The sirens was running from early to late," she said.

We first introduced you to the thirty year resident in November

Back then, the notoriously violent section of the city went more than 100 days without a murder.

"It made me feel real safe to sit out here and to go to places I needed to go," she said. "It was quite safe."

But now, she's thinking about more frightening times.

Between Thursday and Friday, Richmond Police responded to four homicides and one suicide.

Henrico also had its own homicide.

Wednesday night Henrico Police responded to the 2100 block of Elkridge Lane where they found a man lying in the street.

He had been shot to death.

The news reminds Church Hill resident James Thompson of his days training in the emergency room back when the river city's murder rate was sky rocketing.

"It's awful to hear about," he said. "It's sad for the city. It's sad for those people. It's terrible news. It's a little scary, but I guess after a little while you kind of get used to it."

Thompson hopes Harris' way of thinking doesn't become a reality for the entire neighborhood.

Police say it's really a simple principle when the weather gets warm, more people are outside, leaving more victims for criminals to prey on.

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