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Bullets fly through child's bedroom in Richmond's Southside

Evergreen Avenue shooting Evergreen Avenue shooting
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A mother in Richmond’s Southside says her children were in their bedrooms when gunshots flew through their home on Tuesday night. The woman asked that her identity not to be revealed.

She says her 12-year-old and 20-year-old sons were in their rooms, when five shots pierced the home, just before 10 p.m. The windows on the side of the house, located in the 1300 block of Evergreen Avenue have several bullet holes. The mother says she’s sending up prayers of thanks that no one was hurt.

Police are looking for a white Dodge Stratus that may be involved in the shooting. Anyone who might know something about this shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

The area surrounding the home has seen a rise in violent crime. So far this year, there have been 15 aggravated assaults and three homicides within a mile radius of the house, compared to nine assaults and two homicides during the same time period last year.

Part of Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham's solution to the upswing in crime is confiscating illegal weapons. Richmond Police have taken more than 400 guns off the street, since the beginning of the year.

RPD is also slated to launch a gunshot detection system throughout the city, alerting officers to gunfire in real time. Even though there's been an uptick in gun violence so far this year, Richmond is still maintaining the lowest overall crime rate in over four decades, according to the chief.

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