Police investigating after VCU student shot by pellet gun in broad daylight

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Police in Richmond are investigating after a VCU student was shot by either a BB or pellet gun while riding a bicycle near the university’s dental school.

Police say the incident occurred at roughly 3:30 p.m. Tuesday as the victim was leaving campus. As she headed over the MLK Bridge and approached the traffic light as Mosby Street, someone pulled up beside her and shot her with a BB gun.


“As women, we walk alone all the time in the middle of the afternoon, so to think that we can get shot with a BB gun in the middle of the day is very concerning,” VCU dental student Amanda Toulme told 8News Reporter Jonathan Costen.

“It’s quite scary to think about, especially since a lot of us walk back and forth during the daytime,” added fellow dental student Surbahi Swarup. “That’s usually when a lot of our classes get out; I make that walk almost every day.”

Police say the victim noticed two vehicles at the traffic light, a black four-door and a red SUV.

146623438246448b87289b7e28675ecb“She felt a sharp sting in her back and went on home,” explained Richmond Police spokesperson Gene Lepley. “When she checked, she actually had a small wound on her back, probably from a BB or pellet gun.”

BB gun or not, police are calling it a serious crime.

“BB guns and pellet guns are powerful weapons, in a sense,” Lepley said. “They’re not the old school red rider gun, but they can still do great damage if you strike someone in the wrong area.”

Police added that whoever is responsible could be charged with aggravated assault, which could mean jail time.

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