Teen suspect taken into custody after shooting near Laburnum ES in Henrico

Teen suspect taken into custody after shooting near Laburnum ES in Henrico

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Henrico police say a teenager was caught and taken into custody after a shooting that happened near Laburnum Elementary School on Thursday.

Laburnum Elementary School and Henrico High School were on lockdown as a result of the shooting, but the lockdown has since been lifted. Several neighborhood streets behind Laburnum Elementary School were blocked off, including a part of Richmond-Henrico Turnpike.

John Alexander and other neighbors were blocked from getting to their homes.

"I tried to come in from the other side, but they said it was an active crime scene and they won't let anybody in," he said. "So I'm just stuck."

Family members say the man who was shot is the homeowner and that he confronted the suspect who was trying to kick in the door. The family says there was a struggle between the suspect and the homeowner.

It's not clear what happened next, but police say the teenage suspect and the homeowner again confronted each other at the intersection near Laburnum Elementary. Gunfire was heard around 10:25 a.m.

Family members say the victim was shot in the leg, but he is expected to survive.

A police officer saw the suspect take off. Laburnum Elementary and Henrico High were put on lockdown as a precaution. Neighbors were told to stay in their homes.

"I know they pretty much surrounded the school first, that was like their first priority," says Julius Widmann, who lives across the street from the elementary school.

"Public safety is our utmost concern," says Lt. Chris Garrett. "So their patience and letting us do what we need to do to ensure the safety of the people in the area is certainly appreciated."

Just before 12 p.m., police say the teenage suspect was arrested near Craig and Delmont roads. He will now face multiple charges.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Henrico Police at (804) 501-5000 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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