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Eastern Henrico neighbors take action after stray bullets hit homes

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

Some eastern Henrico neighbors tell NBC12, they've had enough after two shootings within a mile of each other. Stray bullets hit nearby homes as people were inside. 

The most recent shooting happened on Hunters Mill Drive just across the street from Harvie Elementary School.

It's been several days and the bullet holes have not yet been repaired. Neighbors say the shooting at Hunters Mill Townhomes happened outside, one man was hit but will survive and at least two bullets went through homes.

"We're not playing, we want crime out of here," said Richard Hatcher, he is the neighborhood crime watch commander.

Just two and a half weeks ago, somebody shot up several homes on Bolling Road which is under Hatcher's watch. One bullet went through the window where children slept.

This shooting is only a mile from Hunters Mill Town Homes.

"We want to stop this if you don't stop it then you know, you're a part of it," said Hatcher.

Hatcher says his crime watch group is working with area churches and even proposing to raise the Crime Stoppers reward. 

"Crime Stoppers have a $1,000 reward, we want to double it.  Put a $2,000 reward on any crime committed and convicted," he said.

At Hunters Mill, NBC12 was told neighbors are now forming their own crime watch group.  Hatcher has 12 years experience as a neighborhood crime watch leader and wants to help.

"The biggest thing you have to have is concerned neighbors to say, ‘Look we're not going to put up with this,'" he said. "We want to start this group, we want to protect our homes."

Police say they do not believe the shootings are related and say you can expect to see more officers in the area.
 
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