Community, Richmond police chief look for new ways to fight crime following murder

Community, Richmond police chief look for new ways to fight crime following murder
A Crime Prevention workshop will be held in April. (Source: United Communities Against Crime)
A Crime Prevention workshop will be held in April. (Source: United Communities Against Crime)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police are investigating Richmond's 17th murder of the year after a woman was shot dead Monday morning.

Police were called just after 2 a.m. to Circle Shopping Center in the 3800 block of Hull Street Road for reports of a shooting.

When they got there, they found Chantel Norville, 25, of Henrico, dead and a man injured in a car. Both had been shot.

Investigators were initially called for shots fired in the 3900 block of Larchmont Lane, which is near Midlothian Village Apartments, but moments later they got another call about a car parked at the shopping center with its flashers on and two victims inside.

Police say that man was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives say both people were shot on Larchmont Lane then drove to the Circle Shopping Center where they called for help.

Police say this is the 17th murder in the city in 2016, compared to just four last year at this time.

Back in December, after 12-year-old Amiya Moses was shot and killed by a stray bullet during a neighborhood argument, Police Chief Alfred Durham called on neighbors to look for other ways to solve problems rather than hurting, even killing someone.

"A lot of folks today don't know how to resolve conflict. They resort to violence and we have to change that behavior," Durham said.

Now Charles Willis, of United Communities Against Crime, is teaming up with several other anti-violence organizations to head the chief's call.

"It takes a village to raise a child. The police can't do it alone, the city can't do it alone," said Willis. "We can't government our way out of crime. We can't legislate our way out of crime. We can't police our way out of crime. We have to work on prevention."

Willis says peer mediation has worked in city's schools to reduce fighting, and thinks the same principles can be applied in neighborhoods around Richmond. That's why he's hosting a conflict resolution next month in the city.

"Where do you go to resolve a conflict? It shouldn't be always in front of a judge or in front of a police officer," Willis said.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to submit a tip online or call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

The Citywide Violence Prevention Conflict Resolution Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 9 at the Royal Manchester Event Center.

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