East end Christmas homicide erupts after dog argument

Published: Dec. 25, 2013 at 6:35 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 5, 2014 at 4:59 AM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond police are working to identify the shooter in a Christmas day homicide, in the east end. The victim's family tells us Adam El, 25, was gunned down just after noon on Old Nicholson Street, near Rocketts Landing. Witnesses say this happened in the midst of a large Christmas party, over a dog. Relatives of the victim, and those at the party, tell very different accounts of the incident.

Adam El's father, Tyrone Lipscombe-Bey, can hardly accept the reality, that his son was killed on Christmas.

"I don't believe it… I just don't," said Lipscombe-Bey.

Lipscombe-Bey says the dog ran out of his house, approaching three people getting out of a car. He says the trio was headed to a home, two houses down the block. Witnesses say the house was hosting a Christmas party, full of dozens of people.

Lipscombe-Bey says when his son went to retrieve the dog, an argument erupted. Lipscombe-Bey says one of the men punched El.

"He took a hard swing and hit Adam, and Adam never saw it coming," continued the victim's father.

Lipscombe-Bey says he ran to call police, and heard gunfire. "I know I heard three shots, and then four more shots."

When Lipscombe-Bey rushed outside, he says he saw the three people walking into the home. He says his son was on the ground in the street, shot dead. "I turned him (Adam) over, and I saw he had been shot, and he had been shot in the chest."

NBC12 also spoke to a woman who was inside the house party. She tells a very different account. The woman says her daughter owns the home, and asked us to conceal her identity. She says she opened the door to El holding a gun.

"When I opened the front door, the guy was standing there with a gun in his hand. And I asked him, 'Honey, what's wrong? Please don't do that.' He shot the gun," said the woman.

The woman says she immediately ran, and that shots were fired back at El. However, she doesn't know fired them. "Somebody shot him. But we don't know. We don't know any of the people."

The woman says it was her family who argued with El over the dog. "He laughed and let the dogs run up to approach my granddaughter. And my nephew jumped out, and told him, 'Don't let that dog bite my cousin'," continued the woman.

No word yet from police on any arrests.

"Senseless gun violence on Christmas day," said Lipscombe-Bey, with tears in his eyes, as he held a picture of his son, now gone.

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