Three injured in Richmond after two Friday night shootings

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The holiday weekend has begun with violence: three injured in two separate shootings, in less than two hours Friday. The first one happened around 4:30 p.m., near Barton Avenue and Dove Street where two people were injured. The second shooting happened just after six, near the 14th Street Bridge.

"All I saw, heard was the shots and someone running," said  Barton Avenue resident, Fatema Newton.

Several area residents including Fatema Newton all said they heard the popping sounds of six gunshots ring out in their neighborhood at around 4:30 p.m.

"I was on the porch, I've been sitting on the porch a while and I happened to hear them and I jumped up," she said.

For Narda Howard, the sounds of shots fired are nothing new in this neighborhood.

"From time to time, it wakes me up out of my sleep sometimes at night, but I just stay in the house and sometimes get under the bed if I have to," said area resident, Narda Howard.

In this case, police say two people were hit.

"The victims in the shooting were walking in the 2200 block of Barton Avenue when they were struck by gunfire," said Richmond Public Information Officer, Karla Peters.

Police say the two were responsive when help arrived and were rushed to VCU Medical Center where they are expected to recover.

But while that investigation was happening, there were reports of another shooting, this time near the 14th Street Bridge where several homeless people reside. Early reports were that a person had been shot in the leg.

Police say they're not decreasing patrols just because it's a holiday weekend.

"Richmond Police are going to have its standard patrols for the weekend, regardless of the holiday," said Peters.

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