Teen fighting for life after shooting in Richmond's Northside

Teen fighting for life after shooting in Richmond's Northside

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police say a teen was shot in Richmond's Northside on Friday morning.

Students and parents say they don't want this to jade the community or become a regular issue.

"It's not like how it used to be like how it was so few and far between where it would really scare you. Like now it's just a normal occurrence to hear gun fire," said Charlene Riley.

Riley is a parent who lives steps away from where the incident took place.

An officer was near the 3900 block of Piney Road around 8:55 a.m. and heard gunshots. The officer then found a teen in an alley behind an apartment complex.

The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

As a result, four Richmond schools -- John Marshall High, Henderson Middle, Ginter Park Elementary, and Mary Scott Preschool Learn Center -- were placed on lockdown as a safety precaution.

"Some gun shots rang out and the staff moved quickly to move the students and staff into the cafeteria," Riley said.

Police said none of the schools were ever in any danger. They also don't believe the teen was a student at the school, though it's unclear.

"I never know. If I'm walking someone can just shoot while I'm walking and I'm in the mix and I can lose my life," Alisha, a student said.

School officials contacted parents at Ginter Park Elementary and were given different instructions for dismissal. The instructions affected those who walk home or those whose parents pick them up.

Detectives have leads on a possible suspect because neighbors have been helpful in detailing what happened.

The shooting happened a half mile from Ginter Park Elementary, and police say this was not a threat to the school.

Anyone with any information about this shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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