News to Know for April 9: More shootings in Richmond; RHHD enters Phase 2; President Biden on guns

News to Know for April 9: More shootings in Richmond; RHHD enters Phase 2; President Biden on guns
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Here’s a look at our top headlines before you start your day!

Early Morning Showers, Partly Cloudy

More rain expected this evening and through the end of the weekend.

Today there will be a few early morning showers, then again during the late afternoon and evening otherwise partly to mostly cloudy.

Highs near 70, warmer temperatures to the south and west.

Forecast: On and off rain chances through Sunday

Missing Ashland Child

Aryiah Ross was reported missing on April 8 just before 10 p.m., but police say her whereabouts are unknown since April 7 at 7 p.m.

She was last seen with Crystal Pitman. Officers did not specify the relationship between Ross and Pitman, though they do not believe foul play is involved.

Ariyah Ross
Ariyah Ross (Source: Ashland Police)

Ross was last seen wearing a pink shirt, blue pants, and white shoes. She is 4 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 39 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Pitman is 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs approximately 180 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Woman who is believed to be with missing 5-year-old
Woman who is believed to be with missing 5-year-old (Source: Ashland Police Department)

Pitman is possibly driving a silver Ford Focus (4-door) with VA license plates UPL 3571.

Anyone with information regarding Ms. Ross’s or Ms. Pitman’s location should call (804) 730-6140.

RHHD In Phase 2

The Richmond-Henrico Health District announced they are now in phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccinations.

(Source: WMBF)

All residents in the Richmond-Henrico Health District ages 16 and older are now eligible for the vaccine.

To pre-register for the vaccine call 877-829-4682 or click here.

The Rappahannock Health District has also entered Phase 2 of vaccines and the Crater Health District has expanded eligibility to those in Phase 1c.

More Gun Violence Erupts In RVA

Since Easter Sunday, 11 people have been shot and six people have died. Teens are amongst the victims.

Police say a man has died after he was shot outside of a Richmond convenience store early Friday morning. Police say an argument started inside a convenience store nearby.

As the argument escalated and went outside, that’s when police say the man was shot twice. He was taken to the hospital but later died.

Richmond Police investigating a fatal shooting after an argument in a convenience store.
Richmond Police investigating a fatal shooting after an argument in a convenience store. (Source: NBC12)

A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed in Richmond on Thursday afternoon. 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.

Anyone with information on these incidents should contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Texas & South Carolina Shooting Updates

Texas

Bryan police have identified the suspect in custody for the mass shooting that took place at Kent Moore Cabinets in Bryan.

The suspect was identified as Larry Bollin, 27, of Grimes County.

Larry Bollin
Larry Bollin (Source: Bryan Police Department)

Police and DPS officials say Bollin was taken into custody in Bedias, but could not rule out whether another suspect was involved.

Police confirm one person was killed and five others were shot Thursday afternoon at Kent Moore Cabinets in Bryan.

South Carolina

The gunman who killed five people in South Carolina including a prominent doctor, his wife, their two grandchildren and a worker, was a former NFL pro Phillip Adams, the Associated Press reports.

Adams died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, deputies said. Adams left information at the scene and they were able to identify him, according to officials.

FILE- In this Oct. 25, 2015 file photo, Atlanta Falcons defensive back Phillip Adams arrives for an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, in Nashville, Tenn. The gunman who killed multiple people including a prominent doctor in South Carolina was the former NFL pro, who killed himself early Thursday, April 8, 2021, according to a source who was briefed on the investigation. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)
FILE- In this Oct. 25, 2015 file photo, Atlanta Falcons defensive back Phillip Adams arrives for an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, in Nashville, Tenn. The gunman who killed multiple people including a prominent doctor in South Carolina was the former NFL pro, who killed himself early Thursday, April 8, 2021, according to a source who was briefed on the investigation. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File) (Source: AP)

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said Adams’ parents live near the doctor’s home in Rock Hill, and that he had been treated by the doctor.

President Biden On Guns

President Joe Biden put on a modest White House ceremony Thursday to announce a half-dozen executive actions to combat what he called an “epidemic and an international embarrassment” of gun violence in America.

The president’s actions delivered on a pledge he made last month to take what he termed immediate “common-sense steps” to address gun violence, after a series of mass shootings drew renewed attention to the issue.

Biden’s new steps include a move to crack down on “ghost guns,” homemade firearms that lack serial numbers used to trace them and are often purchased without a background check.

He’s also moving to tighten regulations on pistol-stabilizing braces like the one used in Boulder, Colorado, in a shooting last month that left 10 dead.

Walk-Up Vaccines In Hanover Update

A Central Virginia health district is taking a big step forward in the fight against COVID-19. The Chickahominy Health District is now offering up shots to those 60 and older, without appointments needed, days after shots were made for those 70 years or older.

The walk-ups are happening at the Hanover County Vaccination Center inside the old Food Lion on Junction Drive in Ashland.

Health officials say seniors will need an ID and prove that they live in the Chickahominy Health District.

Walk-ups are accepted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. or between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Tommy’s Express Car Wash Fundraiser

Tommy’s Express will be partnering with the Richmond SPCA to host an event for National Pet Day.

From April 10 to April 11, for every wash sold, Tommy’s will donate $1.00 to the Richmond SPCA.

Tommy's Express/Richmond SPCA
Tommy's Express/Richmond SPCA (Source: Tommy's Car Wash)

Customers will also receive $5.00 off The Works Wash if they bring their pet with them.

For more information, click here.

Final Thought

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