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Richmond police go door-to-door after boy is shot

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

It's been more than two weeks since a five-year-old boy was shot at a Mother's Day cookout. Wednesday night, investigators went door to door where the shooting happened in an effort to get information they need to make an arrest.

Police said they know who shot little Myronne Saunders and so does the community, but no one is talking.

"This is an innocent victim," said Richmond Police Chief Ray Tarasovic. "This five-year-old wasn't engaged in argument with anyone, he wasn't being robbed, he wasn't robbing someone, he was an innocent victim so it touches all of us."

Saunders was shot in the arm two weeks ago, and his family has yet to move back into their home since the shooting remains unsolved.

"The biggest resource we have are these people," said Tarasovic.

But residents in Whitcomb Court are reluctant to talk for fear of retaliation.

"We're out here today to try and extinguish that fear and try to get a little more commitment from them to make this a better community," said Lt. Jody Blackwell. He's in charge of the sector that Whitcomb Court sits in.

In little more than a week, that sector has seen three shootings and an attempted abduction. Blackwell said the way to eliminate violent crime is by engaging with the community, and it's a principleTarasovic takes seriously.

"If all of them get active, if through our workshops we create a momentum and sense of activity, a sense of 'I'm not alone in this,' we're going to move steps forward," he said.

One of those workshops is happening this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Martin Luther King Middle School. It's for members of the First Precinct to identify the problems they're seeing in their community and then come up with an action plan to fix it.

The even is free and breakfast and lunch will be served.

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