RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond police say a woman is dead and another critically injured after being shot Saturday night.
Officers were called to the 2000 block of Sussex Street in Whitcomb Court around 10:30 p.m. for reports of random gunfire. When they arrived, a vehicle was found parked on the side of the road that had been shot.
The sound of gunfire isn’t unusual around this block of Sussex street, according to neighbors. But on Saturday night, that gunfire turned out to be deadly.
“I heard a woman scream, some crying, and then I was like ‘Oh my god, it really is gunshots!’ It was about 5 or 6 gunshots going off in succession,” said Charmaine Carter.
She was in bed when the bullets flew just on the other side of her walls.
Police say along with the vehicle found, two women who had been shot were also on scene. One of the victims, 20-year-old Makayla Gregory of Ashland died at the hospital.
“I left to check on my son to see if he was okay, if he heard the gunshots. Then I checked on my dog, who’s towards the back of the house because the noise sounded like it as coming almost from my back alley," Carter said of the shooting. Luckily both Carter’s son and pet were fine.
She says police taped off a good portion of Sussex Street as they continued the investigation, but then another fear set in:
"I didn’t know if the person who shot whoever got away, or if they were going to be looking for refuge now that the cops are here,” she added.
On Sunday afternoon, police announced that they arrested 24-year-old Justin Diggs in connection with the shooting - he’s now facing charges of aggravated malicious wounding, attempted robbery, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
The second woman shot is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, and the suspect himself was also shot. He suffered a non-life threatening wound, however.
“I wish people could find a better way to solve these issues, you know, without the guns,” Carter Added.
Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.
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