Deadly shooting in Richmond sparks emergency summit on violence

Deadly shooting in Richmond sparks emergency summit on violence

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond police have identified the victims from Tuesday night's double shooting on Thorndale Lane, which has sparked an emergency summit on Thursday.

The victims were identified as Veka "Shawn" Chham and Akeem J. Williams, who were both 30 years old and good friends.

Chham was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries, while Williams was found dead on the first floor of the building, located in the 5700 block of Thorndale Lane.

The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. Officers say the victims were suffering from gunshot wounds. Detectives believe the shooting may have been drug-related.

It's scenes like these that have community leaders demanding action. Charles Willis says he's expecting representatives from Richmond Police as well as other city and state officials at Thursday's emergency summit.

"It's an action plan," Willis says. "We're in a state of emergency with our young folks, and with our citizens, and it's time to take action.

One of the groups joining in the action plan is Mother's Against Violence. Kim Morgan will be there representing the group. "Many groups coming together for one cause and that's to find solutions to all of the violence that's going on within the city."

"I can't imagine what the mother is going through and what the other family members, dealing with this tragedy," Willis says

The medical examiner will determine their cause and manner of deaths.

Police are still investigating the situation as a homicide and death investigation.

As for Thursday's emergency summit, that's set to get underway at 6 p.m. at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.

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