Lt. Gov. Sears weighs in as police investigate multiple shootings Thursday night

Published: Sep. 15, 2022 at 10:00 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2022 at 11:10 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond police are investigating multiple shootings that happened on Thursday evening.

The first shooting happened around 6:30 p.m. when a man with a gunshot wound asked an officer near MLK Middle School for help. The victim had a non-life-threatening injury. No additional information was available regarding this shooting.

Another shooting happened at Belle Isle around 7:42 p.m. Police said a man suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound. Officers are questioning a person of interest and a possible witness. There is no threat to the public, police said.

A third shooting happened in the area of Milton Street around 8:30 p.m. Police said a man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police are still searching for a suspect.

Additional information about any of the shootings was not immediately available.

While police were out on Milton Street, Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears stopped at the scene to see what was going on.

She said she was at a meeting in the city on preventing gun violence when she heard about multiple shootings happening within just hours.

“We heard somebody had gotten shot somewhere else, and then we heard about two more, and then we heard about two more and we said let’s go,” Sears said. “I said I wanna go see for myself and we came without any police protection or anything, but if the people I represent aren’t safe then why should I be safe, so that’s why I’m here.”

Sears said she feels that everyone in the community needs to band together to prevent this violence from continuing to happen.

Anyone with information about the shootings can call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.