HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The hunt for a man wanted in connection with a deadly triple shooing in Richmond that injured a child is over.
Anwar “Wawa” Phillips was captured Friday morning in a bizarre turn of events that have him fighting for his life.
Police say the 30-year-old Phillips was found suffering from gunshot wounds around 6:45 a.m. at the Essex Village Apartments in the 100 block of Engleside Drive. Phillips is now in custody though he was transported to VCU Medical Center where he remains in critical condition.
The U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force had offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Phillips after Monday’s shooting, which occurred in the 300 block of Red Ash Road in the Blue Ridge Estates apartment complex. One person was killed in the shooting and two others, including a 7-year-old girl, were injured.
The Richmond Police Department has identified the homicide victim as Frank A. McCray, 49, of the 5700 block of Kendall Road.
Phillips has warrants on file for malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Other charges are pending.
Relatives and neighbors of the victims are now relieved this man is off the streets.
“For somebody to shoot a seven year old that’s just not even human,” said one neighbor, who wished to not be identified. “I would hope that he didn’t intentionally do it, maybe she was just in the line of fire.”
They added that the neighborhood has been on edge ever since the gunfire erupted Monday night. “You would see police riding around stopping people and IDing them and stuff like that.”
A relative of the little girl who was injured in Monday’s shooting tells 8News she recently had another surger and she is doing OK, but it is going to be a long recovery. Family members and neighbors say they are breathing a sigh of relief tonight knowing Phillips, who has a lengthy criminal record, is in custody.
“If they caught the guy I am relieved the did. And hope the little girl is safe and good. Prayers go out to her family.”
Anyone with further information in this case is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Jeffrey Crewell at (804) 201-3829 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
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