Downtown crime alert

Good morning from Gray. Here's a look at some of the stories you will want to catch before you leave the house on 12 News Today.

Police are investigating a shooting and a robbery in downtown Richmond. The shooting happened outside of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. One man was shot. It happened around 11:30 last night in the 100 Block of South Sixth Street, between East Canal and Cary.  In that robbery case, police say they are looking for three men who robbed a man in Monroe Park a little before 9 last night.

With summer vacation comes the added challenge of finding childcare for your kids. How would you like it if your kids could go to school all year? A forum tonight will explore that issue. Parents can voice their concerns following a recommendation from Petersburg's Superintendent that students at A.P. Hill Elementary School go to school year-round. The forum will be held tonight at A.P. Hill elementary school, starting at 6.

New this morning, we have an update on the Boston Bombings case. The suspect is making his first public appearance in a federal courtroom.

Documents released in former NFL player Aaron Hernandez's trial show a man linked to the case told police Hernandez admitted to firing the fatal shots.

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