Police ID victims found shot inside vehicle in south Richmond

Police ID victims found shot inside vehicle in south Richmond

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond police are investigating a double homicide in Richmond's southside.

A woman woke up this morning to see an SUV crashed on her lawn in the 1000 block of Ridgecliff Drive, just off Hull Street Road. Two men inside the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene from gunshot wounds.

Police identified the victims as 36-year-old Travis Carrington, of Richmond, and 40-year-old Rodney Smith, of Henrico.

Investigators, forensic teams and K-9 police dogs scoured the block for clues. Neighbor Shet A Ra Ab says his mother made the grisly discovery and texted him while he was at work.

"I rushed home in time to see the police," said Shet A Ra Ab, who lives in the home, as well.

Shet A Ra Ab says he thinks the car hit a bush with a steel pole nearby, then careened across the lawn, crashing into another bush.

"[The car] bent this pole, and it traveled at least a good 40 to 50 feet," said Shet A Ra Ab.

Shet A Ra Ab says the back driver's side window appeared to be smashed, and his mother says police took at least two guns from the vehicle. Other neighbors looked on stunned.

The double shooting brings Richmond's homicide total to 41 this year, compared to 23 at this time in 2015. Police have cleared more than half of those investigations, but Chief Alfred Durham says the community is fed up and officers are doing the max to curb crime.

"I want to be perfectly clear. A police officer... if I had one on every corner, would not be able to stop a homicide. If someone is bent on committing a crime and hurting someone else, they're going to do that," said Durham, on the scene.

Chief Durham is also urging people to intervene with friends or loved ones involved in any kind of dangerous or criminal activity.

"If you live a certain lifestyle, you're destined to become a victim. It's simple. There's no way around that."

Police are asking anyone with tips to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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