Mayor, Police Chief address Richmond violence

Mayor, Police Chief address Richmond violence
Richmond Police investigated a deadly shooting on Midlothian Turnpike. (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones and Police Chief Col. Alfred Durham are speaking out after a recent string of shootings in the city.

The mayor and chief spoke at 2 p.m. on Redd Street, near where three people were shot last Thursday. Two others were shot in other incidents on the same day. Two of the shooting victims later died, raising the number of homicides in the city to eight in 2015.

Ra'Keem Adkins was killed in the Mosby Court shooting. In addition to that triple shooting, there were also two separate shootings, just three miles apart. One man is dead, another injured, and at least one home was sprayed with bullets.

In the first shooting, Sylvester Nichols was shot and killed in the parking lot of Family Dollar on Midlothian Turnpike. Less than two hours later, another shooting at Stockton and Spaine streets left a man critically hurt. A man's home was sprayed with bullets, and a woman inside narrowly escaped the gun fire.

Detectives are reviewing surveillance video from nearby businesses and have interviewed several witnesses. Police say they do not believe this shooting was a random act.

Anyone with information about these case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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