Seven people were shot, two fatally, over the weekend at crime scenes across the city of Richmond Sunday. Five of those shot came in a three hour period late Saturday night into Sunday morning.
The crimes include a deadly home invasion following a child's birthday party on the Southside, a teen gunned down walking with friends on Brookland Park Boulevard, and three men shot in the city's east end.
It's was a grueling Sunday for friends and family close to the victim of the Northside shooting.
"I was just really shocked because I really couldn't believe it. He was like my brother," said Dante Jackson, a friend of the victim.
Jackson and his friends revisited the parking lot where they saw their best friend die. Jackson says he was on his way to a party with a group of friends around 10.30 p.m., when his 18-year-old friend was shot.
"We were just walking and then we heard three little gun shots. Once he said he was hit, we all turned around and ran with him," said Jackson.
Jackson says his friend played basketball and he was going to be a senior at Thomas Jefferson this year.
"We know he didn't deserve it. We just know he loved to play basketball. He wanted to make a better life for his family and take care of his momma," said Vidrell Lee, another friend of the victim.
"It's really traumatizing, for real. It was really, really, traumatizing. We are just trying our best to keep our head up for 'G'," said Jackson.
Friends and family are also grieving after a Chesterfield man was killed in a Southside apartment complex, following a child's birthday party.
Off camera, relatives said two men armed with a gun barged into a unit at the Southwood Apartments after midnight and shot a man while children were sleeping nearby.
As for the east end triple shooting, Richmond police tell us an officer heard the gunfire around 9:30 p.m. and found all three men at the intersection of Bryan and Littlepage Streets.
Police don't believe any of last night's shootings were related.
Anyone with information about any of these crimes is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.
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