UPDATE: Police investigating deadly shooting in Whitcomb Court

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond SWAT just wrapped up part of this investigation in the 2600 block of Melbourne Street, which is just a few blocks away from the murder scene on Wood Street.

Investigators say a man inside the home surrendered to police,  without incident. At this point, that person is just being held for questioning in connection with the murder.

This all unfolded around 11:30, about three and a half hours after this morning's murder.

Richmond Police are on the scene of a deadly shooting that happened just after 8 a.m. this morning in the 2400 block of Wood Street near the intersection with Conrad Street in Whitcomb Court in Richmond's East End.

We have learned the identity of the victim as 46 year old William A. Charity, Jr. He was found dead inside a home on the 2400 block of Wood Street.

Investigators are on the scene after officers responded to a report of gunfire. When police arrived, they discovered an unidentified 46-year-old man in a home shot to death.

It is unknown where he was shot or how many times. Police do not believe this was a random act of violence and said there are signs this was a home invasion.

A slew of Richmond investigators and the forensic team converged on the east end neighborhood, piecing together what led up to this deadly shooting early Wednesday morning.

Melody Mashore says she knew the victim for years, who in this community, is known as 'Moe'.

"He's always been a good man and very well known in the community. He's always been a friend of mine," says Mashore.

Richmond police say sometime before 8 this morning, they received a call for a person shot. When they arrived here to Wood Street, they found a man, shot and dead in this home. They are calling this a home invasion. But stress, they do not believe this is a random shooting.

"Right now, Richmond Police investigators are canvassing the neighborhood, looking for witnesses to speak with them to see what they heard, may have seen," says Dionne Waugh with the Richmond Police Department.

When our cameras arrived, we found several people talking to police and many other onlookers. It's these people and more police need to hear from to solve this crime.

"We can not do our jobs to the best of our ability without the support and assistance from the community," adds Waugh.

A community that is shocked by this murder, the city's 20th in 2010.

"I feel real hurt because he's a good person. He's always been a good person. He didn't bother nobody," says Mashore.

But it's someone K-9's are on the lookout for Wednesday morning.

Right now, Richmond Police are not releasing any information on a possible suspect. If you know anything about this murder, call Crimestoppers at 780-1000.

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