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Mother: 5 year old 'traumatized' following Richmond shooting

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The mother of a 5 year old boy shot at a Richmond public housing complex is speaking to NBC 12 after her little boy was just released from the hospital. One day after the shooting at Whitcomb Court, police are making a plea to the public.

Tiara Saunders says although her son was just released from the hospital, they're not coming back to their home at Whitcomb Court right away. He's too shaken up from being the innocent victim of a shooting that happened at what was supposed to be a Mother's Day cookout.

Along Ambrose Street in Whitcomb Court Monday, police patrol the area where someone shot little 5 year old Myonne Saunders.

"My son is depressed and he's traumatized," his mother said.

Tiara Saunders says she's just glad her little boy pulled through.

Neighbors recall the tense moments when chaos hit.

"I just seen everybody running, heard gunshots, everybody just started running and hitting the ground. Some lady ran out her shoes into my house," said Ruth Morgan.

Neighbors say the bullets even grazed cars parked on the side of the street and many people who live here say they've had enough of the violence too.

One day later, the city's top cop says he's frustrated.

"With all of those people present no one has come forward to specifically identify a suspect and be able to back that up with testimony and that troubles me," said Chief Ray Tarasovic.

Now, his crews are stepping up their presence - aggressively working to nab the bad guys.

"If I were one who committed crimes in those communities, I would be significantly concerned about the pressure I'm going to apply," he said.

Those who live in the area are growing tired of crime hitting so close to home.

"They don't have any concern for children. They just shoot anybody. It doesn't matter who," Morgan said.

"They need to try to cut out a whole lot of stuff out here for our children to be safe out here because I feel like my child is not safe out here," Kim Smith added.

Little Myonne's mother can relate.

"He's scared to come back around that area so I'm not going to bring him somewhere where he doesn't feel comfortable," Saunders said.

The city of Richmond has seen two dozen more violent crimes than this same time last year. Tarasovic says it's not a time for panic, but for renewed focus - neighbors can unite with police to take back their communities.

The chief is calling on east end neighbors to meet with him later this month to discuss ways to improve the public's partnership with police. The community meeting will take place on Saturday, May 31st at Martin Luther King Middle School on Mosby Street. It will begin at 9 am and last until 3 in the afternoon. Anyone is welcome to show up with ideas.

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