Richmond Mayor 'outraged' over recent unsolved shootings of children

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones and Police Chief Ray Tarasovic urged the public to come forward to help solve three recent shootings involving children.

Mayor Jones praised the work of Chief Tarasovic and the police department while decrying the unsolved cases.

"More has got to be done," said Jones. "I am outraged. All of us should be outraged."

The most recent event involved a 23-month-old girl shot in Hillside Court on Sunday. She remains in critical condition after the shooting in the 1400 block of Harwood Street, according to Richmond Police.

Police have not made any arrests, but said that the shooting did not appear to be random.

On Mother's Day, five-year-old Myronne Saunders was shot in the arm at a cookout in Whitcomb Court. Police said witnesses were reluctant to come forward for fear of retaliation.

Another child was shot at a Fulton Hill convenience store in February. The child and two adults were shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

In all three cases, police believe witnesses hold the key to capturing the suspects.

Both officials asked citizens to speak up, get involved and take a stand against crime in their neighborhood.

Anyone with information about the incidents can call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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