Victim in Richmond double shooting dies; search for suspect continues

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Police are investigating after two people were shot – one of them fatally – in Richmond late Monday morning.

The shooting happened at Midlothian Village Apartments in the 4000 block of Midlothian Turnpike.

One victim who sustained life-threatening injuries died at the hospital, according to police. He has been identified as 23-year-old Rashawn A. Brathwaite of the 2300 block of Whitcomb Street. The second victim suffered non-life threatening injuries and has been released from the hospital.

Police are searching for a suspect.

“We’re looking to the community for help in this case,” said Major Crimes Captain James Laino. “Our hope is that someone in the Midlothian Village apartment complex saw something – a suspect or vehicle – that could lead to an arrest.”

George Wythe High School, which is nearby the scene, was briefly on lockdown due to the shooting.

“I looked out the window, and when you see people running, you know something really bad has happened,” said Aggie Roberts, who said she heard the gunshots and saw a man lying motionless on the sidewalk outside of her apartment. “The violence needs to stop.”

“The violence needs to stop.” –Aggie Roberts, apartment complex resident

Juanita Robinson, who lost her 17-year-old son to gun violence years ago, says shootings in her city are out of control.

“It’s terrible out here,” she told 8News Reporter Kristin Smith. “Stores, schools, everywhere, you know? You’re not safe anymore.

“Just need more police officers out here.”

Community activist Charles Willis, meanwhile, insists neighbors need to unite with police to curb the violence by coming forward with information that might lead investigators to a suspect.

“If you see something, say something,” he said. That’s the word. If you see something, say something because it may be you next.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Cime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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