Police investigate second murder in two weeks in Shockoe Bottom

By Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police are investigating the second murder in two weeks in Shockoe Bottom.

The latest murder happened at two on Sunday morning and both happened on a weekend.

Officers responded to the parking lot on the 1600 block of East Grace Street for a call of shots fired. They found 23-year-old Reshawn D. Thurman of Petersburg. He had been shot to death. Richmond police have not released any information on the suspects.

The question heard repeatedly today is what can we do? Businesses and residents want to know how the city can make this violence disappear.

David Napier with the Shockoe Bottom Neighborhood Association says the city needs to step in with an ordinance targeting nightclubs, something that will penalize the businesses he says attract the wrong kind of crowds.

There are cameras watching this area all the time. This morning detectives were looking into whether that equipment captured anything that can help them solve this crime. In the meantime, the association wants to put in more cameras so there are eyes watching everywhere in the bottom.

And that's not all. The group thinks parking decks, better lighting and prohibiting parties open to underage club goers could curb the violence.

Before the April 24 murder, Shockoe Bottom hadn't seen a homicide investigation since 2004. That's a six-year quiet spell. Now they're hoping the two murders in two weeks, isn't the start of a trend.

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