Richmond Police arrest Chesterfield man in connection with July homicide near VCU campus

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police detectives have arrested a Chesterfield man in connection with the July homicide of Erik R. McCorkle, 24, of the 1800 block of Regal Drive in Henrico County.

Tavario E. Gates, 20, of the 12000 block of Oak Bluff Trail in Chester, was arrested yesterday and charged with conspiracy to commit murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a concealed weapon.

“An outpouring of assistance from the community helped us to identify key witnesses and move this case forward,” said Captain James Laino with the Major Crimes Division. “This arrest is proof of how valuable strong partnerships between the community and police are in solving crime.”

At approximately 2:44 a.m. on July 24, Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University police officers responded to the 1300 block of West Broad Street for reports of random gunfire and people shot.

Upon arrival, they located three adult victims with gunshot wounds inside the common area of an apartment building. The victims were transported to a local hospital.

McCorkle succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The other two victims, one male and one female, are expected to recover from their injuries.

Detectives believe the shooting stemmed from an argument between two groups of people.

Even though the shooting occurred near the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, RPD detectives do not believe the incident is connected with the university. None of the three victims are VCU students.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Gary Bailey at (804) 646-6743 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at Submit tips about persons in possession of illegally-held guns by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, then using keyword “GUN250” followed by your tip. Rewards up to $250. All the Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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