15-year-old shot, killed in Richmond

Updated: Apr. 8, 2021 at 11:19 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed in Richmond on Thursday afternoon.

Police were called to the 2300 block of Afton Avenue just after 4:45 p.m., where officers found a teen shot in the street.

The police chief said the 15-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.

Officials said there may be some surveillance video that could help during the investigation.

The Afton Avenue shooting was just the second in Richmond Thursday afternoon. Five minutes earlier, another shooting on the 1600 block of Pollock Street sent two to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

This is the fifth shooting death investigation in Richmond since Easter, police say. In each of these instances, police say they have strong leads but no arrests.

“The death investigations that we are looking at this week, all the victims are 21 years of age and younger, and they’re all gun violence,” Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith said.

Smith says the RPD needs to think outside of the box, along with community partners, to help curb this string of violence.

“These kids have been inside for over a year and they’re restless and it’s starting to show, and I think it’s the responsibility of the city and the community and the society to come together and find something to do to help these kids,” Smith said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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