Man arrested in connection with Shockoe Bottom homicide

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - An arrest has been made in connection with a murder that happened in downtown Richmond's Shockoe Bottom is the early morning hours of May 9.

Richmond police have arrested Franklin Wayne Taylor, 21, 2200 block of North 27th Street in Richmond for the murder of Reshawn Devon Thurman earlier this month.

Officers received a call for shots fired at 2 a.m., May 9 in a parking lot in the 1600 block of East Grace Street.  There they found Thurman, 23, of the 1100 block of Hinton Street in Petersburg shot to death.

Taylor was identified as a suspect in the case that night.  He was served today with a grand jury indictment for murder.

Thurman was the second homicide victim in Shockoe Bottom in two weeks after more than six years without a homicide. A state agency is now investigating several Shockoe Bottom night clubs because of the shootings.

A spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control won't reveal the size of the investigation and says it's too early to name the business licenses under review.

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