Eyewitness sees shooting suspects

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – We're uncovering new information about a shooting Friday afternoon that left a Richmond man clinging to life. He was simply caught in the crossfire when the bullets started flying on the 800 block of North 37th Street.

One eyewitness claims the suspects ran onto her property and that she was questioned by police this afternoon. Now she's hoping for more police presence in her neighborhood to protect her family.

The streets in her Richmond neighborhood were cluttered with police cars and crime scene tape after shots were fired there. Neighbors are concerned after hearing the victim was an innocent bystander.

"We just finished checking on his niece and her son," said neighbor, Katrina Seabrin. "We just finished checking on them and his other people that's around the block, just making sure everybody's okay.

The gunfire was enough to scare Sophronia Morris. Her 2-year-old granddaughter usually spends time at her home but luckily wasn't there when the shots rang out.

"First I thought it was the TV," said Morris. "Then I found out it wasn't and I peeped out the blind and that's when I saw all of that."

After hearing the gunfire right in front of her home, Morris tells us she saw the suspects run into her backyard. Just a short time later she saw them in police custody.

"Do you feel a little bit safer now?" asked NBC 12's Evrod Cassimy.

"Yeah," said Morris. "Until something else happens. If police would patrol and do their jobs you know, better around in this area."

Police have not released any details about the suspects or that they even have anyone in custody. But what they can tell us that they have reason to believe the victim was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"The person who was struck during the shooting was an innocent bystander," said Karla Peters with the Richmond Police Department. "He didn't have anything to do with the shooting and although the shooting happened near Franklin Military Academy it was not in relation to the school."

And as the victim fights for his life, police are hoping anyone with information will come forward. You can make an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers, that number is 780-1000. You could win up to $1,000 if your tip leads to an arrest.

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