RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Here’s a quick look at our top headlines to help get you out the door.
Escaped Inmate Wanted
Jai Alquan King, 30, removed his GPS monitor which he was required to wear while on house arrest and left his home.
King was serving a 26-month sentence for convictions in Chesterfield for Petit Larceny and Convicted Felon in Possession of Ammunition.
Anyone with information is asked to call 804-748-1251.
Window Shot at Henrico Home
A Highland Springs family is thankful to be alive after bullet holes were found in their living room.
Richard and Samantha Carter said they had no idea someone had fired into their Ivy Avenue home until the bullet holes were discovered Saturday morning. Now they would like to know who did it.
Gun Violence Spikes
Gun violence was up 32 percent in 2019, compared to the year before. There were 266 shootings, 65 more than in 2018.
Richmond police have counted 59 homicides, eight more than 2018. The latest statistics show 88 percent of those murders were caused by gunfire.
Richmond police are making arrests in some of the year’s most high profile cases, particularly involving children.
Richmond police are reminding citizens not to ring in the New Year with celebratory gunfire and that it is illegal.
RPD’s Community Care Unit says there were more than 50 homicides within the city during 2019, and 88 percent of those murders were committed with a firearm.
If someone is injured due to celebratory gunfire, the person who fired the gun can face a felony charge, thanks to “Brendon’s Law.”
Virginia pulled to within eight points with 38 seconds left, but could not recover an onside kick to attempt a tying drive and fell to No. 9 Florida, 36-28, in the Orange Bowl on Monday night.
Dry weather the next few days, then we’re watching another round of rain by the end of the week.
“The best is yet to come.” - Frank Sinatra
Happy New Year!
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