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Richmond police chief talks safety after bottom murder

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Shockoe Bottom is still reeling from the murder over the weekend outside of Have a Nice Day Cafe. Today, we talked with the Richmond Police Chief to see what changes could be in the works to keep you safe.

It's the pictures and memories that friends and family have of 20-year-old Justin Morgan, at the deadly weekend outside of Have a Nice Day Café.

Richmond Police Chief Bryan Norwood believes this violence is preventable.

"We have to look at the behavior and how people solve their conflicts," he said. 

That includes stopping people from using guns to solve problems.

Almost a year ago the city started a nightclub ordinance and club owners, including the manager of Have a Nice Day Cafe, were hoping to see noticeable changes.

Recently -- police stepped up its presence in the Bottom. But now -- more changes could be on the way.

"We are going to revisit our tactics of high visibility. We may have some covert tactics as well," added Chief Norwood.  

Shockoe Bottom Neighborhood President David Napier says crime like this has a major impact on businesses here and it may even take months to recover.

"What it does to businesses is hard to put into words. Saturday night, it was a ghost town down here," said Napier.  

An arrest was made in connection with the most recent Shockoe Bottom murder. Now, Napier hopes more arrests are made before things escalate in future problems.

But the chief says it's not simply about making arrests. "They are making arrests but arrests aren't always the answer. We can not arrest our way out of situations all the time."

The police chief talked with city leaders on Monday about the problem. Also, we're told he plans to meet with the owners of Have a Nice Day Cafe soon.

At this point, police are still looking into whether or not the deadly shooting stemmed from a problem inside the club or not.

Police are still looking for witnesses. If you have any information on the murder from Friday night, call Crimestoppers at 780-1000.

At this point, the charges against 21-year-old Kerod Richardson, have not been upgraded to murder. We're told police have him in jail, without bond and are working with the Commonwealth's Attorney office to see when those charges will be upgraded.  

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