RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Shock spread Tuesday night after a teenager was arrested for not one but two weekend murders. A 16-year-old boy is facing multiple felony charges after deadly shootings just hours apart from each other.
With such a young suspect, many people wondered if these crimes could be gang-related. A police source told NBC12, though, that is not the case with the two weekend killings and cites robbery as the motive. Detectives hope to learn more about the why as the investigation continues.
The homicides have been like piecing together a puzzle for the Richmond Police Department.
"They stayed on the case," explained Major Steve Drew. "They worked those leads. They weren't going home until some evidence came forward."
At 8:15 on Friday night, 48-year-old Blaine Tyler died at the BP on Westover Hills Boulevard. He was shot and robbed. About seven hours later and less than five miles away, Pierre Cosby was found shot to death in a car.
"We did recover some evidence that was consistent with both crime scenes," Drew said.
Police sources are unsure if the victims and suspect knew each other but don't believe the victims are connected in any way. We're also told there may have been other people at the scenes with whom police want to talk.
"We're not going to tolerate that kind of crime in the City of Richmond," Drew maintained.
Despite the not-so-ordinary arrest of a teen for murders, the department is not releasing the name of the suspect because he is a juvenile.
The BP clerk who was on duty at the time of the shooting only works on the weekends but his coworkers told NBC12 they can't believe how young police said the killer is.
"When you spin it that there was a 16-year-old that committed this act, it's a little different," Drew explained.
As word spread of the arrest made less than 48 hours after the shooting spree, Richmonders wondered what could make a kid allegedly go bad.
"I think it's pretty crazy somebody at the age of 16 could even think about doing something like that," said Charles Fast. "I mean, you should be concentrating on school and all that stuff, not robbing people."
The 16-year-old is charged with two counts of murder, two counts of robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Police said they're still looking for more information. Call Crime Stoppers if you can help detectives at 780-1000.