Double shooting on Richmond playground

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond police are investigating two reports for shots fired at two different Southside elementary schools. The first happened around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday night at Blackwell Elementary School.

There, a 17-year-old and a 19-year-old had been shot and suffered non-life threatening injuries. Richmond police have not located the gunmen.

Then, around 8:00 p.m., Richmond police received a call for shots fired at Reid Elementary School. No injuries were reported but several parents said, their kids heard the shots and ran.

"Me and another parent started running toward the gunshots to get the kids," said Annette Smothers. "But there were so many kids running. It was just chaos."

She says, kids as young as six years old were running for their lives.

"Their shoes actually came off their feet," said another mom, Tiangela Cannon. "I had to pick some shoes up from a little girl."

Richmond police on scene said that they searched the area but couldn't find shell casings or a gun.

Charles Willis with Citizens Against Crime said he went to both scenes to check in on what happened.

"At Blackwell, I understand that someone got upset and decided to take matters into their own hands and just had no regard for life," he said.

Both reported shootings happened were on school property but after school hours, when Reid and Blackwell Recreation Centers put on activities for young kids and teens.

"No parent should feel like that when you're out here trying to have fun," said Cannon. "Have a good time with your kids at a school and look what happened."

Richmond police are seeking help from the community. If you have any information to offer police, call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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