Neighbors respond to violence surrounding local restaurant

By Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (NBC12) - Police have identified two men who are in custody following an incident involving gunfire outside the New York Fried Chicken on Broad Street Friday night.

18-year-old Dejon Person is charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

The other man, 18-year-old Calvin Mensah was also arrested on a gun charge.

Police have responded to two incidents right outside the restaurant in the past two weeks.

"The violence has been going on, ever since I've been in the business," said nearby barbershop owner Eugene Fleming.

Fleming has managed a barbershop just down the block from New York Fried Chicken for more than 30 years.

He was disappointed, but not surprised to find out about Friday night's gun fire.

"You're not going to stop it," he said. "Guys come from the other side of town over here because they're angry about something."

Friday's incident, in which no one was hurt, resulted in authorities arresting two people on gun possession charges.

It happened right on the corner of West Broad and Henry Streets, outside New York Fried Chicken.

But fleming says the problem isn't with the restaurant.

"It's kind of hard to stop," he said. "People going to get guns and people gonna do things that's gonna cause violence. And I think until we get all the guns off the street we might can stop it."

Still, what seems like constant violence worries Sean Fitzgibbons, who lives in an apartment behind the restaurant.

"I'm not really too surprised because this isn't really a good area. It's a little troublesome because I don't like the idea of so much violence going on around the area," he said.

Fitzgibbons is changing his behavior but he's cautiously optimistic the violence will come to an end.

"I just watch out for my girlfriend," he said. "I'm extra wary when I'm walking around here. There's only so much a person can do. I just hope the authorities handle it."

When we contacted the owner of New York Fried Chicken, he told us they are making some changes to help keep away crowds.

In two weeks, the restaurant will begin closing to walk-in customers at 10:00 p.m.

A new drive-thru window will stay open until 2:00 a.m.

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