In Richmond, emotions ran high between neighbors and the police chief after a man was gunned down in the middle of the afternoon near Creighton Court Monday. Relatives say the man, who is in his 20s, is commonly known as WaWa. Police say he was lying on the sidewalk after he was shot several times.
The frustration was visible in Chief Al Durham's eyes when he spoke out about yet another fatal shooting in Richmond. The shooting happened just after 5 p.m. on Monday.
"Here we are again on another scene," said Chief Al Durham.
"I cannot. I cannot. Please take me to his car,” Nakita Bush yelled with tears approaching crime scene tape.
"There's anxiety, frustration and hurt,” Durham added.
Loved ones arrived at 30th Street and Nine Mile Road after getting word the man they know as WaWa was shot and killed.
Witnesses say the victim had just gotten out of his car, a burgundy Malibu, when it happened. Witnesses say they heard about four to six gunshots followed by half a dozen more shortly afterward.
"How are we going to resolve yet another murder in Richmond?" asked a neighbor, who did not want to be identified.
She’s angry that the city's 37th homicide hit so close to home.
"I have a young child. I live in this community. I don't want to be ducking bullets,” she said.
At the scene, heavy emotion as neighbors confronted the police chief.
"Instead of venting on us, help us out. That's the problem. A lot of times, what we find is family members and friends know what's going on, but they're not offering any help or solutions,” Durham said.
Solutions like who's behind what neighbors call a turf war are playing out among the courts of Richmond.
"For the last couple of weeks, we have seen an increase in gunfire going back and forth in both public housing communities. As I stated before, our public housing communities in the city have been challenging for us,” Durham said.
"We don't own any turf. We don't own any real estate… Fighting over property that doesn’t even belong to us. If you don't pay any taxes on it, I don't care if you pay the mortgage, it's not your property,” the unidentified neighbor added.
It didn't take long for police to get to the scene. They were already in the area when the gunshots rang out.
Homes and cars were shot up in the process. Now, police are calling on the public to come forward with tips. Crime Solvers can be reached at 804-780-1000.
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