RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A morning shooting brought Richmond's Mosby Court neighborhood to a virtual standstill. It happened in the 1900 block of Raven Street around 10:30 Tuesday morning.
Police thought they had a man with a gun barricaded in a house, but after a two hour standoff and a two hour search of the apartment building, turns out that man was long gone.
Two men arguing in Mosby pulled out guns and started shooting which eventually brought out Richmond's big guns, the SWAT team. 36-year-old Ernest Lee was taken into custody shortly after the shooting.
The other man, 22-year-old Devon Antwann Coles, was believed to have run into the apartment building.
"We have one individual in his apartment refusing to come out, and so we're attempting to make contact with him right now, hoping to talk to him and resolve this situation peacefully," said Richmond Police Spokesperson Gene Lepley.
Little did police know Coles was not in the apartment. Believing he was, they brought out all the usual tools for a stand-off. They evacuated residents; others came out just to watch. By 2:00 p.m. they entered the apartment. The used flash bangs - sound and light devices to try to scare Coles out of hiding.
The sounds scared family members. His girl friend had to be held back. While this was going on, Richmond public schools put nearby Martin Luther Middle on lockdown. Parents heard what was going on and went to the school to get their child.
"They're letting the kids out of the back of the school to a bus, parents are out here and they won't give the kids to their parents. But they put them on a bus and send them out," said one parent.
It was a day of frustrations all around, even for police who, after a two hour standoff and a two hour search, did not find Coles. They say they took the measures they did as a precaution for the community. When Coles is caught, he will be charged with attempted murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, all felonies.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Devon Antwann Coles is asked to call the Richmond Police Tip Line at 514-TIPS (8477) or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.