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Police identify north Richmond shooting victim

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Investigators are now identifying the victim of an overnight shooting death as victim as 31 year old D'shaun Bethea. He was shot just before midnight while driving along Patrick Avenue in north Richmond -- just blocks away from his home. It's believed he was the intended target.

Bethea's relatives say he lived at a home on Patrick Avenue with his mother. They call Bethea a good guy who worked for himself detailing cars.

Highland Park neighbors are now trying to make sense of the tragedy.

"It's scary. A lot of elderly people live here.  A lot of good families. A lot of good hard working people," Maritta Ellis said.

While taking a stroll in the park, it was the first she heard of the news.

"It's sad that just a few people can make a whole neighborhood have a bad reputation," Ellis added.

Just before midnight, police say someone shot Bethea as he was behind the wheel.  The car continued on, on its own, for block before crashing into a parked car. The owners of that now mangled car say they called police.

"Kids are out here. They can't go to the store. They can't go home and be safe no more. It's just sad," said James Williams who lives in the area.

He heard the shots ring out, followed by the scene that quickly unfolded.

"The next thing you know, police cars everywhere up and down the street riding around the street, sirens, helicopters," he recalled.

As investigators search for the shooter, they confirmed they do not believe this was a random attack.

"Usually if you hear gunshots, somebody got shot. They don't play with them anymore. It's not shooting in the air, they meant it for somebody," Williams said.

"It's a lose-lose situation. It just makes the neighborhood unsafe," Ellis said.

 Relatives say Bethea was his mother's only child. The crime finds police searching for a suspect and a motive.

If you have a tip that could help police find the shooter, you're asked to contact Richmond investigators right away at 804-780-1000.

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