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Police ID mother found shot to death in East End apartment

One person is dead after an incident on Jennie Scher Road. (Source: NBC12) One person is dead after an incident on Jennie Scher Road. (Source: NBC12)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Richmond Police are searching for the gunman who killed a mother of three and left the children's father fighting for his life in the East End early Thursday morning.

Police say they arrived to the scene in the 1500 block of Jennie Scher Road just after 1:30 a.m. and found Tychelle Johnson, 25, dead from apparent gunshot wound.

Her boyfriend, Tyvell Morris, managed to run and meet police a block away, despite suffering a gunshot wound to his face. The young children were in the apartment at the time, according to family members.

A family member says Johnson has three young children ages 1, 4 and 6. The children have not yet been told of their mother's death.

Many of the family members spent the day at the hospital, waiting for Morris to come out of surgery. The children were asking for their mother, according to Monica Morris, their aunt.

"[Tychelle’s] son asked me, 'Can you call my mother?' And that really hurt my heart, because there was nothing for me to tell him," said Morris.

"The two oldest ones, they're going to be looking for Tychelle. They really are," added Shalando Hunter, Morris’s cousin. "She went beyond for her kids. It's just a situation I can't even think about, the kids without their mother."

Hunter says her cousin escaped the apartment and ran for help early Thursday morning, alerting officers to Tychelle, who was left shot in the home. Officers soon found her body. The children were taken away from the scene by their grandmother. Investigators combed the neighborhood for a suspect, as the family was left in despair.

"My little cousins just lost their mother, so we're just looking for answers too. Hopefully, whoever did this will turn themselves in, so we can get justice for the kids and my family," said Jenee Mines, another cousin of Tyvell.

A Richmond police officer, touched by the tragedy, launched a GoFundMe campaign to help provide the children with Christmas gifts. The effort is part of the FutureNMind organization.

"We would just like to make their experience dealing with the tragedy, and with the situation, as easy as possible," said Ronnie Moss, with FutureNMind.

This is Richmond's 57th homicide of the year, the most the city has seen in nearly a decade.

Police Chief Alfred Durham says his department is starting to get run down with recent violence, including a shooting just hours prior that left two people injured. 

"Our detectives are working hard ... we're just hanging on. [We're] short staffed," said Durham. 

There is currently no information on any suspects. If you can help solve this case, you can leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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