Man watches neighbor suffer from fatal gunshot wound

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Richmond man is sharing a horrifying story with us. He was the first to find his neighbor, shot in the chest and dying, Thursday night.

He tried to help 45-year-old Tyler Franks just minutes after gunfire rang out on Chamberlayne Avenue but Franks would die just a few hours later. Richmond Police are handing out flyers to all the residents that live in this apartment complex hoping to find out more information about who shot and killed 45-year-old Tyler Franks.

"I heard a BOOM! BOOM!" said witness, Garrison Smith. "So I got up, cut this light out and I got down on the floor."

Smith is describing the exact moment he heard the gunshots that killed his neighbor Tyler Franks. He was at home in his Pin Oak apartment complex when he heard gunfire. Moments later he went outside to see what happened. A trail of blood led Garrison to his friend's body. He had been shot in the chest and was unable to speak and say what happened and who shot him. Police did not immediately have any suspects in this case.

"I said, 'Just hold on man! Just hold on!' Cause blood was everywhere just gushing all down his leg and everything," said Smith.

The news had neighbors on edge Friday night. No one opened the door until we identified ourselves. We caught up with Susan Seibert as she was hurrying into her apartment just doors from where the previous night's shooting happened. She only had a few words to say about the incident.

"At first I didn't know what was going on and then I was nervous because it shouldn't have to be going on around here or anywhere around town," said neighbor, Susan Seibert.

With that shooter on the loose neighbors have a reason to be worried. Back upstairs Garrison believes finding the suspect will be difficult.

And as always if you have any information about this incident you can make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers. That number is 780-1000. Garrison tells us he heard some sort of argument moments before the gunfire erupted. He told police he believes his friend was robbed.

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